For those of you wondering about the times for trick-or-treating in the Jamestown area for 2015... here they are...
- City of Jamestown -- 6-to-8 PM....
- Village of Falconer -- 5:30 to 7 PM....
- Village of Celoron -- 6-to-8 PM....
- Town of Ellicott -- 5:30 to 7 PM....
- Village of Lakewood -- 6-to-8 PM.....
- Town of Busti -- 6-to-8 PM....
- Village of Bemus Point -- 6-to-8 PM....
- Town of Ellery -- 6-to-8 PM....
- Village of Cassadaga -- 4-to-7 PM....
- Town of Stockton -- 4 to 7 PM
- Brocton: 2-to-4 PM
- Mayville 5-to-7 PM
- Ripley 6-to-8 PM
- Westfield: 6-8:30 PM
Enjoy and be safe!
JCC receives telephone threat, city campus "locked-down" about four hours before all clear given...
The "all-clear" was given at Jamestown Community College’s City Campus early this evening after the threat of a "shooter" on campus was phoned in early Friday afternoon. JCC's Vice-President of Enrollment, Marketing and Communications Kirk Young... says an earlier lock-down was done as a precautionary measure due to the threat phoned in to the college from an off-campus location. Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they're still looking for the man who allegedly called in the threat traced to a public phone at the Prendergast Library. Samuelson says they have video tape of the man... who was wearing a yellow pancho/rain jacket... blue knit cap, and dark jeans. Young says the Jamestown Campus was declared safe from the threat about 6 p.m. All events on the Jamestown Campus were cancelled after the threat was made. Other than late afternoon and early evening activities... the Halloween Party was the only major activity called off. Young says students living on campus were allowed last evening to leave and re-enter residence halls. Anyone with information is asked to call 483-7537, or the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
City police also investigation allegedly bank robbery on Spring Street...
Jamestown police are also on the look-out for a white man who allegedly entered the First Niagara Bank on Spring Street late yesterday afternoon... and, demanded cash from a teller. Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the man was wearing an off-red and tan colored flannel hoodie... and, dark baseball cap. Samuelson says the suspect walked into the 417 Spring St. location about 4:30 p.m. A copy of the photo has been circulated. The man feld the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Samuelson says anyone who may recognize the man... or knows about the robbery is asked to call city police at 483-7537.
State officials taking measures to ensure public safety on Halloween from paroled sex
New York state is taking steps to ensure paroled sex offenders don't take advantage of Halloween to commit another crime. The state said Friday that it is imposing special rules on convicted sex offenders that prohibit them from dressing up in costume or opening their doors to trick-or-treaters. Parolees are also instructed to remain home Halloween night. The state says parole officers will make home visits to about 2,375 sex offenders currently under supervision. It's the 10th year such rules have been imposed.
Trick-or Treat hours set in Jamestown, and area...
In addition to the city-wide Halloween Fun Fest... Jamestown's trick-or-treet hours also run from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday night. Those are also the hours in Lakewood... Celoron... Frewsburg... Bemus Point and, the town of Busti. The hours are 5:30 to 7 p.m. for Falconer... and, the town of Ellicott. Parents are urged to dress their kids appropriately for the weather, and safety.
**Alert - JCC campus threat phoned-in, campus on lock-out and lock-down of residence halls...
All activites and classes at Jamestown Community College have been cancelled for today after a threat was phoned into the city campus earlier this afternoon. City Police and JCC officials say a white male of unknown age apparently phoned in the threat shortly before 2 this afternoon. Jamestown Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Harry Snellings says the threat was apparently phoned into the college from a public phone at the Prendergast Library about 1:50 p.m. Snellings says dispatchers were able to trace the call. They also obtained a video from the library... which shows a suspect wearing a yellow raincoat... and, a blue knit hat with dark colored jeans and shoes. All JCC buildings have been locked... and, cannot be entered right now... and the residence halls are also locked until the situation has passed. Students will need their JCC I-D to get into residence halls. All activities, including a campus Halloween Party, have been cancelled for tonight. Anyone with information on the situation is asked to call Jamestown Police AT 483-7537... or the tips-line at 483-TIPS, or 483-8477.
Firefighters from a number of departments have been called to the scene of a structure fire in Mayville early this morning. The call went out about 5 o'clock this morning for a structure fire at an apartment house located at 57 Morris Street in Mayville. The fire reportedly started in the basement. Just before 5:30 this morning it was reported that all of the residents of the apartment had made it out of the house safely.
Just after 3 o'clock this morning crews were called out to a structure fire at the Sherman Livestock Auction House on Route 430 just outside of Sherman. County dispatch reports that several fire departments are on the scene battling that blaze. No injuries were reported. We will have more details on both of these fires as they become available.
The second of two men who allegedly murdered a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the Sherman-area has pled guilty to an federal firearms possession charge. U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior says 31 year-old Charles Sanford pled guilty to being a "Felon in Possession of a Firearm" in U-S District Judge in Buffalo. Hochul says the charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison... a fine of 250-thousand dollars... or both. Hochul says Sanford, and 44 year-old Jonathon Conklin, are accused of robbing 61 year-old Mary Whitaker on August 20th of 2014... and, stealing her car in the get-away. Both were found two days later in Erie, Pennsylvania. Hochul says -- "with today's conviction, both defendants responsible for this conduct will now face a very long time in prison." Conklin Tuesday pled guilty to a federal carjacking charge. Sanford has already pled guilty locally to a second-degree murder charge... while Conklin's case is to go before a jury in a few months. Both Sanford and Conklin will be sentenced on the federal charges next March 9th.
The Chautauqua County Legislature has kept it's word... and, delivered a 2016 budget plan that cuts taxes by 5-percent. However... the vote was not unanimous. Lawmakers approved the approximately 256-million dollar spending plan last night, 18-to-1. But... a proposal to use another 443-thousand dollars in the budget's undesignated fund balance was passed in a much closer vote, 12-to-7. Audit and Control Committee Chairman John Runkle offered the amendment... based on an added 8.3-million dollars in sales tax revenues. Silver Creek Republican George Borrello voted against the amendment... arguing that dipping into fund balance was NOT a re-occuring revenue. He called it a "one-shot." But... Borrello did vote for the final budget deal. Dunkirk Democrat Keith Ahlstrom voted against both the amendment and the final budget. He says -- due to the half-a-percent sales tax increase -- this budget actually taxes more. In addition to cutting the tax levy by 5-percent... the final county budget cuts the tax rate by 6.6-percent... or about 60-cents to 8-dollars-55 cents per thousand full value.
County lawmakers last night also approved putting one additional Probation Officer in the budget at a cost of just over 56-thousand dollars. County Executive Vince Horrigan says he's pleased with that move. However... he says he's disappointed that lawmakers approved a budget that takes 443-thousand dollars out of fund balance. Horrigan says that's not sustainable. At the same time... he says he won't be vetoing the budget.
Local Congressman Tom Reed was among the large majority that tonight elected Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as the new Speaker of the House. Reed voted for Ryan... and, says the former vice-Presidential candidate has "the skills, background knowledge and understanding to help us overcome the challenges we face, and move us toward smart and fair solutions for the benefit of the American people." The vote over Florida Congressman Daniel Webster was 200 to-43. After a full House vote later today... Ryan will succeed John Boehner, who announced his resignation last month. In brief remarks after the vote.. he said "we are not going to have a House that looks like it looked the last two years. We are going to move forward, we are going to unify.''
The endorsed Democrat candidate for Lakewood Mayor has become the first woman to ever run for the village's top-elected position. Cara Birritieri (Beer-ah-TEE-Airy) is a Boston, Massachusetts-area native... who moved to her husband's hometown several years ago. Birritieri says she's been involved with the community in several ways... including being part of the Citizens for Better Government Committee. She is not a member of a political party... but, has picked up the Democrat, Working Families, and Women's Equality lines for next Tuesday's election. Birritieri says she wants to be a "full-time" mayor even though the position is part-time. She says her current public relations work allows her to do that... as well as write grants to help fund projects. If elected... Birritieri says she would work to get people to work together. She says there's been some division shown on the board. Birritieri adds that her candidacy is about "independent, transparent, and fully-involved leadership." She previously ran for the Busti Town Board. She and her husband, and their two children, live in the village.
They're not "at odds..." but, there is a difference of opinion on the use of a joint Recreation Fund held by the town of Busti and village of Lakewood. With that... town Supervisor Jesse Robbins has asked the state Comptroller's Office to investigate the fund... and, it's use. Robbins and Lakewood Mayor David Wordelmann Wednesday afternoon held a press conference at the Town Court facility to clear up any "miscommunication and misleading" reports and rumors related to the fund. Wordelmann says both he and Robbins look forward to getting the report.
Wordelmann says there was about 108-thousand dollars left in the fund at the end of 2012. Robbins says he has used about 69-thousand dollars -- primarily in two areas related to the old Rec. Center on West Summit Avenue. He says they had received a nice offer to buy the old Quanset Hut building... but, adds they had to pay 32-thousand-100 dollars to the Kiwanis Club because the building could only be used for "recreation" purposes. He adds another 29-thousand dollars was used for the town's purchase of 125 Chautauqua Avenue for the next town offices and court facililty. Both he and Wordelmann say they have worked together on a number of cost-saving moves. Both Robbins and Wordelmann are running for re-election and have opposition... and, says the rumors have been started during the course of the campaign.
A Jamestown man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison... and, 10-years post-release supervision following his conviction on child pornography charges. U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior says that 23 year-old Alvin Vazquez Rojas had been convicted of one count of Production of Child Pornography... and, received the sentence yesterday in U-S District Court. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Allen, Junior handled the case... and, says that Rojas took sexually graphic photographs of a 7 year-old minor between December of 2012 and May of 2013 while the child was asleep. Allen says Rojas then stored the images on a laptop computer. In addition to those images... he adds the defendant also possessed 52 images and 152 video files of child pornography that were downloaded from the internet.
The winds died down... but, the earlier winds that were remnants of Hurricane PatricIa left their mark -- especially over the north county. The High Wind Warning for the area was discontinued late yesterday. However... authorites say there are a number of downed trees in the city of Dunkirk. Police Chief David Ortolano says one landed on a car. Oddly enough, the southeast winds caused lake levels to drop by about a foot or two. Levan says this changed overnight when a cold front pushed through. She says the Lake Erie levels will go up between 4 to 6 feet once the winds change. As a result, a Lakeshore Flood Advisory is continued now through 2 this afernoon for the lake shore area along Chautauqua and Erie counties.
The investigation is continuing into the death of a Buffalo-area man whose body was found on the side of a rural Cattaraugus County road after a car crash. State Police in Machias say 39 year-old Steven Kessler of Grand Island was in a vehicle that was involved in a crash last Friday evening in the town of Humphrey. Police say Kessler was found dead outside a home on a road that's a short distance from where the accident occurred. Troopers say an autopsy conducted by the medical examiner's office in neighboring Erie County determined his death to be accidental.
A drug bust last last week led to a second one in three days Sunday morning on Jamestown's northside. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force had learned that 21 year-old Laquil Hilson had returned back to the 15 Stowe Street residence that he had allegedly been trafficking "crack" cocaine from for the past few months. Samuelson says they had already arrested 19 year-old Victoria Rosier for being in possession of several narcotic pills during a raid last Friday morning. Samuelson says Hilson was arrested about 11 AM without incident... and, charged with one count each of third-degree criminal possession... and, sale of a controlled substance. He says the two-month long investigation revealed that Hilson used the Stowe Street address to sell and possess "crack." Rosier was also found to have her 10-month old child present where the drugs were located. She also faces a child endangerment charge. Hilson is jailed without bail. Anyone with information on the illegal trafficking and sales of narcotics in the city should call the Metro Task Force at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
The smaller departments in the city of Jamestown have gotten much smaller over the past 20 years... and, some even moreso in the past couiple of years. The City Council continued it's review of Mayor Sam Teresi's 2016 budget plan last night... and, reviewed several departments, including Finance, Clerk, Comptroller... and the Corporation Counsel. However... there wasn't much savings to be found. For example... the Comptoller's Office had eight people in 1991... but, now has just three. Corporation Counsel Fiore-Lehman says her budget's Judgements and Claims line is down "dramatically" to 50-thousand dollars in 2016. Rabb says that number has been in six-figures for sometime... and, he's concerned about the lower number... and, the potential need to hire outside counsel for cases where there may be a "conflict of interest." In addition... Rabb says lawmakers will likely have to apply to the state for another fee increase for copies of birth certificates because it wasn't approved for this year. Lawmakers will continue to review the 35.1-million dollar spending plan... which includes a 5.6-percent tax increase... next Monday night. During last night's Council voting session... lawmakers agreed to lift the city's on-going hiring freeze to replace a retiring Laborer in the Public Works Department. City officials say the item is already budgeted in the 2015 spending plan.
There will be a base rate decrease in one of two division budgets approved by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Monday afternoon. In addition... there will be no increase in the other. That from BPU General Manager Dave Leathers... who says the 4.8-percent rate cut is for the District Heat and Chilling Division. Leathers says the new rate will actually take effect on bills mailed after December 1st. Meantime... there will be no rate increase for the seventh-year in a row for the BPU's Wastewater Division. Leathers says the board is -- quote -- "gratified by our ability to control rates on behalf of our customers." The total Wastewater Budget for 2016 is 4.67-million dollars. Leathers says there are some increased expenses... including 68-thousand dollars at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. As for District Heating and Chilling... he says expenses are expected to be about 20-thousand dollars more than this year.
The remnants of what was Hurricane Patricia will be felt in Western New York... beginning late this evening through Wednesday afternoon. That from Forecaster Judy Levan with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Levan says Chautauqua County -- and the rest of the region -- will see the rain, and, wind beginning late tonight. She says a High Wind Watch has been issued for Chautauqua County from late Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon. Levan says winds will start coming out of the southeast later today... and, the rain will start during the earlier evening hours as remnants of Patricia move into the area from the Ohio Valley. She says we'll see some significant rainfall as well. Levan says the rain will last up to 36 hours... and, the area could see an inch to inch-and-a-half of rain by Thursday morning. She says winds -- especially in the north county -- will reach 30 to 40 MPH during the day Wednesday... with gusts up to 60 MPH. Our complete forecast follows the news.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly harassing a woman in the town of Chautauqua earlier this month. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Davis Road in Mayville back on October 15th. Deputies say... on arrival... that 56 year-old Joseph Blachowski of Price Street, Jamestown, had allegedly verbally harassed a female victim. Officers adds that Blachowski had allegedly chased the woman with a glass mug and threw it at her. No one was hurt. Blachowski was issued an appearance ticket for Chautauqua Town Court for second-degree harassment at a later date.
The Resource Center has presented a 'lifetime achievement award' to Nancy Ingram. Nancy has served in a variety of roles over her 42 year career with the agency, most recently as an Assistant Executive Director. Nancy received the recognition Monday night at the annual Disability Awareness Awards. She will retire at the end of December, and admits to having mixed feelings. Among others honored at this year's Disability Awareness awards: Events Coordinator Vicki Bardo, and Support Options Adminstrator Beth Jermain. Two Resource Center Consumers, Jennifer Meyers and Bruce Hazelton, were honored for their personal achievements. A brand new award, Special Event Volunteer, went to Bill VanDyke... for his work as a referee for Street Jam Basketball. This year's Disability Awareness Awards were presented at Moonbrook Country Club.
A Jamestown man has been arrested as a fugitive from justice for alleged larcenies in Central New York and in Pennsylvania. State Police in Jamestown say they recently arrested 27 year-old Joseph Pratt... after he had earlier been taken into custody by U-S Marshalls at a home in the Town of Ellery. Troopers say Pratt has numerous warrants from other agencies including Felony warrants from the Watkins Glen Police Department... and, the Hermitage, Pennsylvania Police Department. Pratt was arraigned in Ellery Town Court... and, sent to the County Jail with bail to be set.
One of the Jamestown-area's largest employers has reached another milestone in production. Cummin's Engine Company's Jamestown Engine Plant in the town of Busti, earlier this month, shipped out it's one-million-750-thousanth heavy-duty engine. The local producer of engines -- for mainly large trucks -- reached the one-millionth mark several years ago. During a recent stop by Cummin's Engin's "Redefining Tour..." Plant Manager Mike Abbate credited the local plant's workers... and, the company's vision. Abbate says while a "good product sells..." it's everything they do at the local plant. He says it's the engine, after-treatment, service, and sales across the country and around the world. Cummins Engine's world-wide headquarters is in Columbus, Indiana... but, several years ago... the company consolidated it's heavy-duty engine production at the Jamestown-Engine Plant. Cummin's celebrated the local plant's 40th anniversary in August of 2014.
When it comes to pushing for gun control, it doesn't hurt to be Amy Schumer. The stage and screen star has more than 2-million Twitter followers, and about as many on Facebook and Instagram. Her cousin, U-S Senator Charles Schumer, knows that. This past Sunday... they stood together in front of New York's City Hall for what they call their ``crusade on guns.'' It started in August, when they teamed up days after a gunman fatally shot two women in a Louisiana theater showing ``Trainwreck,'' starring Amy Schumer. The Schumers urged lawmakers to back a gun control bill sponsored by the New York Democrat. Now, they're trying to create a national groundswell forcing a vote. They're asking people to call, write, tweet and post on Facebook to stop gun violence.
Jamestown High School will host motivational speaker, Reggie Dabbs, this evening at 7 p.m. in their auditorium. Mr. Dabbs is fast becoming an in-demand speaker who helps teenagers meet their problems head-on and overcome them by sharing his own story. His visit is sponsored through the generosity of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jamestown Schools, several other local schools, and number of other donors. The presentation at 7pm this evening in the JHS auditorium is free and open to the public.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly leaving his two young children unsupervised last weekend for about 15 hours. City police were called to a Sampson Street location just after 3 PM Saturday to check on the well-being of the two children. Officers say they spoke to the kid's grandmother... who said the father... 24 year-old Depree Gamble... had left the children, ages 5 and 7... unsupervised. Police took Gamble into custody on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.
A Mayville man has been arrested for resisting arrest after they were called to an unknown disturbance in the village last Saturday night. Sheriff's Deputies were called to investigate the disturbance at 34 South Erie Street... and, made contact with the man allegedly involved. While trying to speak with 48 year-old Douglas Fischer... officers say he intetionally grabbed a deputy by the tie. Officers say Fischer then ripped the deputy's tie off and damaged the officer's uniform shirt. Officers say they tried to place Fischer under arrest... and, he resisted. He was then taken into custody following a brief struggle. Fischer was arraigned in Westfield Town Court on several charges... including second-degree harassment... and, resisting arrest. He was freed on 4-thousand dollars bail.
Local Congressman Tom Reed is blasting President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act as an "affront" to our men and women in uniform. Reed is critical of the move... which Congress will try to override on November 5th. He says both the House and Senate approved the measure in a bi-partisan vote. The Corning Republcan adds -- quote -- "our troops and their families sacrifice so much, sometimes even their lives, in defense of our nation. I care about making sure they have everything they need to remain safe, let alone pay their bills." Reed says the legislation would ensure they continue to get paid... and, fund other vital programs designed to ensure our national security. Reed adds that "this is just another move by the President that demonstrates he fails to understand the vital need for a strong national defense."
Governor Cuomo has signed a number of laws designed to protect and further women's equality in New York State. Among the legislators who attended the bill signing ceremony late last week was local State Senator Cathy Young. The Olean Republican helped to pass the legislation in the State Senate. Young sponsored one of the measures that became law... adding they also take steps to protect women from a number of terrible crimes... including sexual harassment and human trafficking. Cuomo also announced that the state has allocated a total of 6.4-million dollars for sexual assault prevention and assistance providers across the state.
A midlevel court has rejected a challenge to New York's new gun law, dismissing arguments it was pushed through the state Legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment. The four Appellate Division justices say they agree with a trial judge that the law's chief provisions don't violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Those provisions ban large-capacity magazines and prohibit sales of some guns newly classified as assault weapons while requiring registration of such firearms that New Yorkers already own. The court on Thursday also upheld Governor Andrew Cuomo's use of a special message permitting the Assembly and Senate to vote soon after the bill was introduced, without waiting the usually required three days. Earlier this week a federal appeals court upheld New York's gun law.
Two doctors say a western New York woman is incompetent to stand trial for killing her farmer husband and burying his body in a manure pile. Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen disputed the judgment of the doctors hired by the defense who said 48-year-old Charlene Mess of Attica was unfit for trial. Prosecutors will argue their side at a hearing December 14th in Wyoming County Court. Mess can only be declared incompetent for trial by a judge. Searchers found the body of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on the couple's Attica farm in April after his son reported him missing. Investigators say he was killed by a .22-caliber rifle shot to the back of his head and buried under three feet of manure.
The 14-hundred employees at Cummin's Engines Jamestown Engine Plant had the chance late last week to see how their final product is marketed and sold across the world. Cummin's "Redefining Tour" made a stop at the town of Busti facility for just over one-day to show off the tour to all three shifts. Project Leader for the Redefining Tour... Christy House... who works out of Cummin's world headquarters in Columbus, Indiana... says they were excited to bring the tour "home" to where all their heavy-duty engines are made. In fact... House says they were able to show two trucks during the tour that are "prototype" 2017 engines that will eventually be made at the Jamestown-plant. House says they wanted to give employees the chance to see what happens to the engines after they leave the facility. Plant Manager Mike Abbate (Ah-bayt) say they jumped at the chance to have the tour make a stop. There were three tractor trailers that were part of the tour stop, with one set-up for the multi-media tour. The Jamestown Engine Plant was the Redefining Tour's 37th, and final stop of the tour.
New York's comptroller says state tax collections reached 38.2-billion dollars through the first half of the current fiscal year, almost 676-million dollars higher than the latest projections. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that's largely due to strong personal income tax receipts. He says the state's cash position continues to improve, also because of state spending that was lower than expected from April through September. The report shows the state's general fund ended the first half of the year with a balance of 10.7-billion dollars... up by 33-percent from a year earlier, largely because of legal settlements.
City mother free on bail following arrest on drug possession charges...
A Jamestown woman is free on bail after being arrested for allegedly selling illegal narcotic prescriptions from her apartment... with her infant daughter present. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... along with members of the state Police C-NET Team... raided the lower apartment at 15 Stowe St. shortly before 6 a.m. Friday. Samuelson says they found 19 year-old Victoria Rosier, and, her 10-month old child inside. He adds they also found a quantity of Morphine pills, methodone, and marijuana. Rosier was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... endangering the welfare of a child... and, unlawful possession of marijuana. She posted $10,000 bail. The child was turned over to another family member. The State Police K-9 unit also assisted in the arrest. City Police say anyone with information about illegal drug sales is asked to call the JPD anonymous tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
Judge rules New York Teacher Tenure lawsuit can move ahead...
A New York judge says a lawsuit that aims to revise New York's teacher tenure rules can proceed. In a decision late Friday... state Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo denied a motion to dismiss the suit. The plaintiffs argue that teacher tenure and layoffs by seniority deprive students of the sound, basic education they are guaranteed under the state constitution. The ruling allows for the case to be heard in a state appellate court. An attorney for the United Federation of Teachers says the ruling is not the final decision in the case and that the case remains on hold until the appellate court rules. The Partnership for Educational Justice says the judge's decision means parents will have their day in court. Plaintiff Mona Davids says she's thinks change is coming and teachers and their union will be held accountable.
Horrigan says he's "okay" with budget changes made by Audt and Control Committee...
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan is taking a "wait and see" attitude with regards to changes proposed by a legislature committee for the 2016 budget plan. The Audit and Control Committee Thursday completed it's work on the $256-million spending plan... and, approved about one-million dollars in additional tax cuts to the budget. However... the vote was not unanimous because two lawmakers wanted further reductions. But... at this point... Horrigan says he's okay with what's been cut. He adds we'll see what happens at the full legislature meeting this coming Wednesday night. The amended budget was approved in a 3-to-2 vote Thursday... with Audit and Control Committee Chairman John Runkle... and, Chuck Nazzaro voting no. They want to see the budget come in with a 5.1-percent tax levy reduction. Currently... as amended... Runkle says the reduction is 4.3-percent. The tax rate cut was 4.6-percent... but is now 5.9-percent.
Tharaeparambil admits he's an underdog, but, continues pursuing write-in campaign for Jamestown Mayor...
There is second candidate for mayor in the city of Jamestown... but, he won't be appearing on the ballot on Nov. 3. Former businessman and Jamestown Community College professor David George Tharaeparambil has decided to run a write-in campaign against incumbant Democrat Sam Teresi. Tharaeparambil retired from JCC many years ago... and, he opened up three businesses in the downtown area. However... he says lack of retail traffic hurt them... and, he wants to bring that back. He had a real estate agency, an import store, and a laudromat. But... he says he closed them because "downtown started dying." However... Tharaeparambil says the final straw for him was Mayor Sam Teresi explaining why the mayor's post deserved a higher salary. Back to the need to revive the downtown... he says he would like to pursuit grants to help develope specialized retail shops and food stores. He says it's worked in starting to revitalize downtown Detroit, Mich. Tharaeparambil says buildings were sold for a-dollar each. He adds that he would also like to see Second, Third and Fourth Streets blocked off to traffic downtown to allow people a "plaza like' atmosphere for shoppers. He made his comments for this weekend's "Community 'Spotlight" program.
City of Jamestown's 31st annual Halloween FunFest set for next Saturday night...
The city of Jamestown will again be offering it's safe, fun and free Citywide Halloween FunFest next Saturday night... Oct. 31st... at the Allen Park Ice Rink. Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the FunFest runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the rink... and, is open to children 12 years of age and under. Ciesla-Hanley says people 12 and over must be accompanied by a child... and, those 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. She adds the FunFest will again feature a Haunted House... and, two costume contests. Ciesla-Hanley adds that the 31st Halloween FunFest again offers parents and children a "well-lit... and safe alternative to trick-or-treating." She says they'll also have refreshments for the kids, and carnival games. Ciesla-Hanley adds that D-J Steve Trapani will be playing music during the evening. She says due to the Jamestown High School Band trip to states next week... they will be needing some extra volunteers this year. They usually need 20 to 25 of them. If you can help out... call Julia Ciesla-Hanley at 483-7523.
The Chautauqua County Legislature's Audit and Control Committee has approved another one-million dollars in spending to be cut from the 2016 budget proposal. The panel voted 3-to-2 late this (Thursday) morning to approve the revised 256-million dollar spending plan. Committee Chairman John Runkle says they reduced the tax levy -- or the amount to be raised by taxes -- in Executive Vince Horrigan's original budget by a total of 4.3-percent. Horrigan's proposed tax rate cut was 4.6-percent... but, it's now 5.9-percent. Runkle says Committee members Shawn Heenan... George Borrello... and, Pierre Chagnon voted for the revised spending plan. But... he and panel member Chuck Nazzaro both voted against the revised spending plan... because the legislature's "overwhelming consensus" at last month's legislature meeting to cut the budget by 5.1-percent. Runkle says he and Nazzaro believe they can reach that number by moving 500-thousand dollars from the undesignated fund balance to the general fund. He says they will push that on the floor of the legislature at next Wednesday night's voting session on the 2016 budget.
While most revenue sources are being exhausted... there may be one area where the city of Jamestown may be able to find some additional funds for the 2016 budget. That from City Council President Greg Rabb... who is also a member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Mayor Sam Teresi has included a 250-thousand dollar dividend payment from the BPU next year... which is down just over 200-thousand dollars from the previous two years. That's due to a projected loss of Electric Division sales next year. However... Rabb feels the BPU needs to take a harder look at it's spending. Rabb says the BPU runs it's five divisions on Enterprise Funds... and, some local business leaders have criticed the city for looking to the Board for the dividend payments... which have helped the city balance it's budget. However... he says neither the city, nor the business community have asked for the BPU to look at spending, and possible cuts. Rabb was also quick to say that the Board of Public Utilities has agreed to the dividend payment for the past two years. He says the request comes from the city... and, is reviewed by the BPU.
The budget shortfall at the Prendergast Library in Jamestown has led the library board to take two actions to save money through the end of this year and next. The panel yesterday afternoon voted to lay-off one, full-time librarian in 2016 to reduce pay-roll. Board President Tom Rankin says the board acted on the recommendation of Library Director Tina Scott. Rankin says they were reluctant to make the decision... but, adds it's necessary to keep the library operating. In addition... Rankin says the Library will once again be closing on Sundays beginning November 1st. He says over time... the closing will save them money on heat and electricity between Saturday night's and Monday mornings. The board also recently learned that Mayor Sam Teresi had cut the library's funding by 15-thousand dollars in 2016... and, Rankin says -- if that cut stands -- they will have to look at further cuts to their budget. The mayor just recently presented the budget... which includes the cut to the library... and, ends all funding for the city's Senior Center. Rankin says closing the library on Sunday's will save about 10-thousand dollars annually. The library also got a presentation Thursday about a Dallas, Texas man's proposal to have the library's art work refurbished at his cost... and, to create an endowment for the upkeep of those many, valuable art works. His wife is from the Jamestown-area.
A Sinclairville man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of Crystal Methamphetime... and, another drug during a traffic stop in Jamestown. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they pulled over 35 year-old David Bailey for allegedly driving irratically on Steele Street -- near Barrett Avenue -- just after 6 AM Wednesday. Samuelson says further investigation showed that Bailey was allegedly in possesson of a nylon bag that contained 7-grams of 'Crystal Meth.' He says they also found Bailey in possession of a single strip of Suboxone which he did not have a prescription for. He was arraigned on charges of third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bailey was sent to the county jail without bail. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking in Jamestown is asked to call the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
State Police in Warren are asking for the publics help to find out who broke into a Pine Grove Township home sometime between 8am and 1pm on Wednesday, October 21st and allegedly took a number of items including 5 guns, a sentry safe filled with personal items, a notebook computer and some jewelry. State police are also investigating a burglary that occured in Townline Road in Brokenstraw Township where someone entered a house through a dog door and rummaged through the house on Thursday. All of the closets and drawers had been gone through and a glass china cabinet was found broken. Pennsylvania state police are asking anyone who may have information on either of the burglaries to call them at 728-3600 or Warren County Crimestoppers at 1-800-83-CRIME.
NY Green Bank says it's helping finance three projects expected to expand the use of solar and wind power and help homeowners cut their power usage or switch to more efficient sources. The state-sponsored entity says its 49-million dollars in loans should leverage up to 178-million in private capital. NY Green Bank funding includes 25-million dollars for Level Solar, expected to help provide solar installations for up to 6,000 New Yorkers. Another 20-million dollars is for Renew Financial to expand low-cost consumer lending for energy improvements for up to 12,000 homeowners.
After several delays... demolition work is underway at 123 Central Avenue in Dunkirk... the collapsed portion of the Coburn Block building. Crews began tearing down the remainder of the structure shortly before 9 AM Thursday. Director Kathy Peterson with Chautauqua County Rural Ministry says demolition crews have been hosing down the rubble because of the potential of asbestos. Hannah Demolition of Buffalo is handling the big job... and, they have a number of tractor-trailers on standby to haul away debris from the site. Peterson says she's pleased that the work is finally getting underway so they can get back into their building... and, again provide all the services they do. City officials say the work should take a day or two to complete.
A founding member of the popular 1970s band Three Dog Night has died in western New York. Cory Wells was 74. Bandmate Danny Hutton says Wells experienced acute back pain weeks ago... and, died suddenly Tuesday in Dunkirk, where he had been living. Universal Music Enterprises spokeswoman Sujata Murphy said Wednesday the cause of Wells' death was unknown. Wells, Hutton and Chuck Negron formed Three Dog Night in 1967. They were dubbed the ``kings of oversing'' by Village Voice critic Robert Christgau.
A Falconer man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into several businesses -- and an American Legion post -- in Warren County, Pennsylvania the past five months. State Police in Warren say they arrested 42 year-old Richard Schultz, Junior following a lengthy investigation into the break-ins. Two of them occured at the Sugar Grove american Legion last June 11th... and, again on August 3rd. Troopers say Schultz is accused of stealing 8-thousand dollars in cash... and, other goods. Other burglaries occured at Wilcox Brothers True Value... Chase Auction House... and, Youngsville Hardware. Police say they were assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department... and, Schultz was found in the McKean County Jail. He was arraigned on five counts of Felony burglary... two counts of Felony Theft... three counts of Misdemeanor Theft... and, five counts of criminal mischief. Schultz was sent to the Warren County Jail on 100-thousand dollars bail.
Ensuring that everyone is safe is the top priority when it comes to dealing with a police standoff... and, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says that was largely achieved during the standoff that occurred in Sinclairville Tuesday. Gerace says the ordeal, which lasted about six-and-a-half hours, began after they received a call about a despondent person in a Water Street residence around 12 PM. After a lengthy time of discussions with the man... he exited the residence peacefully around 6:40 PM. Gerace thanked the State Police, SWAT team members and local firefighters for assisting at the scene. He says preparations and training made a difference... and, adds they were preparing for an overnight stay when the man surrendered. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment. Gerace says no charges will be filed.
New York is launching a new campaign to fight what Governor Andrew Cuomo says is the ``emerging threat'' of synthetic drugs. The Democratic governor has announced that the state is now airing two new public service announcements warning people about the harm of synthetic marijuana and other manufactured drugs. The ads are airing on television and music streaming services statewide. The state has also erected a billboard in the Bronx warning about synthetic marijuana, a drug created to mimic the effects of cannabis that can have very different effects on the body and brain. State figures show that the number of emergency room visits related to synthetic drug use went up by more than eight times between April and September when compared to the same period last year.
The Chautauqua County Farm Bureau has re-elected Dick Kimball of Dewittville as its President for the next year. Kimball, a partner in Country Aire Dairy in Dewittville, has held the job for the past several years. And, he has a goal for the coming year which is more education, and more outreach to the general public. Kimball might also become a member of the NEW YORK Farm Bureau Board of Directors. The state organization will decide on a new representative for far Western New York at its meeting in December. One of the resolutions the local Farm Bureau approved at its Wednesday meeting would give landowners a property tax credit for allowing snowmobile trails on their property. Assemblyman Andy Goodell was at the meeting, and thinks the idea has a good chance of getting through his side of the state legislature. This year's annual meeting was held at the Noble Winery in Westfield.
The city of Jamestown is holding it's own financially through the end of the third-quarter of this year. However... lawmakers might have to tap into the 2015 budget's contingency account to cover higher than anticipated health care costs. That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto... who reviewed the numbers for the first nine-months of the year with the City Council Monday night. Bellitto says the numbers from Jamestown's self-insurance plan are better than the second-quarter. Bellitto says the city may have to use it's "rainy day" fund to cover that. Otherwise... he says revenues are about where they expected them to be. He says the Payment in Lieu of Tax agreements with the Board of Public Utilities are "slightly ahead of budget" right now. As for sales tax... he says the third-quarter is always a good indicator... and, they should hear from the county by the beginning of November. Back to spending... Bellitto says overtime for the Public Works Department "leveled-off" during the third-quarter... and, is at about 72-percent of the 2015 budget.
There may be some movement on a new, 300-billion dollar transportation bill over the next few days in Congress to help rebuild many of the nations roads and bridges. Local Representative Tom Reed has announced his support for the measure... even though it's not the five-year measure he was initially looking for. The Corning Republican says this proposal fullfills what he was looking for... and, that's not to raise taxes. His announcment following a tour of a problem bridge in Cattaraugus County. Reed says the House Transporation Committee will be marking up the bill for action today... and, he says the U-S Senate is considering two bills... one is a three-year plan very similar to the House measure. Reed says he wants to see the infrastructure needs filled with this measure. Reed says it appears there is a "path to victory here..." and a final bill can be approved by October 31st. Back in late July... Congress approved an 8-billion dollar bill to extend funding through the end of this month.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's "encouraged" that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is strongly considering running to be the next speaker of the House. Ryan met with the three Congressional Republican caucuses yesterday... and, laid out his conditions for becoming speaker. Having served with Ryan on the Ways and Means panel... Reed says he knows that he would "make an excellent Speaker." He adds that Ryan has repeatedly "shown his commitment to unifying our Party, the House of Representatives and our nation, with a rare courage for leadership."
Students at Jamestown Community College had the chance to learn about potential careers Wednesday at the Fall Volunteer, Job Shadowing and Internship Fair. Felix Muzza (myu-zah), the Experiencial Learning Coordinator at JCC, helped put the event together. Among the busineses represented was Artone Manunfacturing of Jamestown. Kathy Benson, who works in Human Resources for the local furniture maker, says such event are an opportunity to get the right message across to today's student. Fifteen different groups were represented at the event, held at the Collegiate Center at JCC.
Some bars in the Buffalo area plan to open early Sunday to accommodate Bills fans looking to watch their team take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. However... the beer taps won't open until Noon. Kickoff for the game at Wembley Stadium is 1:30 PM local time as the United Kingdom moves its clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends. That's 9:30 AM on the East Coast. Some sports bars and taverns around Buffalo plan to open a few hours earlier than normal on Sunday, with a few places offering brunch menus. The 716 Sports Bar at Harbor Center in down Buffalo is serving up bangers and mash, a traditional British dish of mashed potatoes and sausages. Bills fans will have to wash down their breakfast with something other than suds. New York state law prohibits the sale of alcohol before noon on Sundays.
Falconer man arrested for allegedly burglary spree in Warren Co., PA...
A Falconer man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into several businesses -- and an American Legion post -- in Warren County, PA the past five months. State Police in Warren say they arrested 42 year-old Richard Schultz, Junior following a lengthy investigation into the break-ins. Two of them occured at the Sugar Grove american Legion last June 11... and, again on August 3. Troopers say Schultz is accused of stealing 8-thousand dollars in cash... and, other goods. Other burglaries occured at Wilcox Brothers True Value... Chase Auction House... and, Youngsville Hardware. Police say they were assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department... and, Schultz was found in the McKean County Jail. He was arraigned on five counts of Felony burglary... two counts of Felony Theft... three counts of Misdemeanor Theft... and, five counts of criminal mischief. Schultz was sent to the Warren County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Sheriff reflects after successful end to stand-off results in no injuries...
Ensuring public safety is the main priority when police are dealing with a standoff. With that... Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says Tuesday's operation in Sinclairville -- for the most part -- achieved that. Gerace says the ordeal began after they received a call about a despondent person in a Water Street residence around 12 p.m. He says it's involves patience... and, being prepared when you have a "situation like this." After a lengthy time of discuss and negotiations with the man... Gerace says the unidentified subject came out of the home peacefully about 6:40 p.m. Gerace thanked the State Police, SWAT team members and local firefighters for assisting at the scene. He says preparations and training made a difference. In fact... Gerace says they were getting ready for an overnight operation when they finally talked the man out. The man was taken to WCA Hospital for observaton and treatment. Gerace says no charges will be filed in the case.
The city of Jamestown has already undertaken 76 small to mid-sized initiatives to cut spending by about 5-million dollars. They'll need more of the same in 2016 and beyond... but, this time they have to be "big and bold" initiatives to cut into a major tax increase. That from Mayor Sam Teresi as City Council began the budget process last night. Teresi says city officials have been looking at five or six initiatives that could not only lower the tax burden in 2016... but, for years to come as well. Teresi says due the fact most have legal and contractual implications... he can't say any more about them at this time. However... he says they are "real..." and, would have a major impact. At the same time... he says they'll need state and county help to make them happen. He says they're "not ready to begin discussing these in public..." but, adds his administration is working to get all the information lawmakers need to make an informed decision. He admits the road won't be easy... and, adds there will likely be a lot of "push-back" on most of the proposals.
The city council went through three department budgets during last night's work session on the mayor's 35.1-million dollar, 2016 spending plan. Council President Greg Rabb says the biggest budget they looked at was the Department of Public Works... where Director Jeff Lehman says a lot had already been "slashed" in the mayor's proposal. Lehman and Parks Manager John Williams... who presented that budget... both said they've had a lot of equipment costs cut at a time where costs have "soared." Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley presented the Youth Services Department budget. No cuts were made. Council will look at the Finance, Comptroller, and Corporation Counsel budgets next week. They have to approve a plan by December 1st.
A long-time, local maker of ready-to-assembly furniture has been officially approved for a 900-thousand dollar grant from the state to help keep the company... and, it's jobs in Chautauqua County. State Senator Cathy Young has announced that the Empire State Development Corporation board has approved the four-year grant to Bush Industries... assuring that the company will remain in the Jamestown-area through January of 2022. Young says Bush is a major, local manufacturer with "deep roots" in the county... and, the potential loss of those jobs would have been "devastating to Chautauqua County." Bush Industries went back under local control with a group of managers purchasing the company in November of 2014... and, Young says the grant will help them secure local ownership.
WCA Hospital was on lock-down for about two-hours Sunday night after an alleged shooting victim came to the hospital for treatment. City police say the man did not suffer any life-theatening injury... but, was uncooperative... and, would not say who shot him, or where the incident occured. In a printed statement yesterday morning... a WCA Hospital Emergency Department Nurse Manager said the lock-down began at 8:20 PM because they were treating a gun-shot victim... and, the lock-down was a "precautionary step." It was lifted at 10:15 PM. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they are asking anyone with information on the incident to call them at 483-7537... of the confidential tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
A Rochester man who is accused of robbing a person at gun point and later became involved in a police standoff in Dunkirk is now facing several charges. Leonard Aguayo allegedly held up the victim in the area of 109 South Gazelle Street around 3:50 PM Sunday. Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says police later located Aguayo... but, he tried to evade them and that led to a standoff at 91 East Second Street. After 25 minutes of negotiating... Ortolano says police were able to get Aguayo to surrender... and he faces charges... including second-degree robbery and assault. He commended officers for helping to end the stand-off peacefully. Aguayo was held being held in the city lock up awaiting arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.
Chautauqua County's Congressman is proposing a budget reform bill that would require the president to deliver a "tangible" spending plan to Congress that would rein in the federal deficit first. Corning Republican Tom Reed says the federal debt is nearing now about 18.5-Trillion dollars... and, rising daily. Reed says Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congress that the U-S will again hit it's debt limit on November 3rd... and, this proposal would require a formal budget plan from the president within 60 days of Congressional passage of such an increase.
Reed says the debt reduction would have to take place without raising taxes. In exchange... Congress would then vote to authorize an increase in the debt ceiling through December of 2016. Reed says simple majorities would only be needed under the proposal... not the current 60 vote threshold in the U-S Senate. He says the measure would change the "tax and spend mentality" of Washington. Reed made his comments for his weekly Conference Call with Southern Tier Media.
New York's Department of Motor Vehicles says drivers are allowed again to install snow tires with metal studs for the winter. The department says by law the studded tires can be used from October 16th through April 30th. The tires are intended to provide better traction on ice and snow. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is separately advising drivers keep winter gear in their cars including an ice scraper and snow shovel, cell phone and charger, blankets, jumper cables and flashlight. The agency also suggests ensuring car batteries and well charged and windshield wiper fluid containers are filled.
A Rochester man who is accused of robbing a person at gun point and later became involved in a police standoff in Dunkirk is now facing several charges. Leonard Aguayo allegedly held up the victim in the area of 109 South Gazelle Street around 3:50 PM Sunday. Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says police later located Aguayo... but, he tried to evade them and that led to a standoff at 91 East Second Street. After 25 minutes of negotiating... Ortolano says police were able to get Aguayo to surrender... and he faces charges... including second-degree robbery and assault. He commended officers for helping to end the stand-off peacefully. Aguayo was held being held in the city lock up awaiting arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.
Cit police investigating alleged shooting incident after victim walks into WCA Hospital for treatment, triggering lock-down...
WCA Hospital was on lock-down for about two-hours last night after an alleged shooting victim came to the hospital for treatment. City police say the man did not suffer any life-theatening injury... but, was uncooperative... and, would not say who shot him, or where the incident occured. In a printed statement this morning... a WCA Hospital Emergency Department Nurse Manager said the lock-down began at 8:20 p.m. because they were treating a gun-shot victim... and, the lock-down was a "precautionary step." It was lifted at 10:15 p.m. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they are asking anyone with information on the incident to call them at 483-7537... of the confidential tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
It's just the first step in the process... but, some hard decisions will have to be made to get the city of Jamestown out from under a significant tax burden in Mayor Sam Teresi's 2016 budget proposal. That from Teresi himself on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group of stations. The mayor says they are using up many of their reserve funds on the spending plan... which still includes a 5.6-percent tax increase. Teresi says that includes using just over half of their reserves for the city's self-insurance Health Care program.
Teresi says those costs are the major driver of the approximately 843-thousand dollar tax levy increase in the 35.1-million dollar spending plan. However... it does help close a 3.3-million dollar shortall the mayor's budget team initially dealt with. Teresi says the budget now goes before the entire City Council for the first time during tonight's work session. He believes together, they can make the 'restructuring decisions' that will make the spending plan better.
Another incident at a north county hospital has led to the arrest of a Dunkirk man for allegedly damaging hospital property... and, threatening a hospital employee. Sheriff's officers say they arrested 54 year-old Ernest Nierras of Central Avenue yesterday morning on a warrant following an October 12th incident at Lake Shore Hospital in Irving. Deputies accuse Nierras of damaging property... and, threatening and scratching the employee. He was arraigned in Hanover Town Court for second-degree menacing... second-degree harassment... and, criminal mischief. He was then sent to the County Jail on 5-thousand dollars bail.
A Falconer man faces a violation of Leandra's Law after his arrest for allegedly driving drunk late last week in the town of Ellicott. State Police say they pulled over 39 year-old Ricky Bemus after his car allegedly crosed the center line on Route 60. Troopers say they performed field sobriety tests after troopers allegedly found Bemis' speech was slurred. A computer check found that Bemis had a suspended and expired license... and, a warrant for failing to pay a fine in Jamestown. A blood test was performed... and, Bemis was charged with felony DWI under Leandra's Law because he had a one-year-old passenger in his vehicle. Bemis was also charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation... and, Moving from Lane Unsafely. He was arraigned Ellicott Town Court... and, posted bail.
State Police say another passenger in Bemus' car... 30 year-old Stephen Traver of Jamestown... was also found to be wanted by city police for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. He was turned over to city police.
Hundreds of residents, elected officials and union and business leaders turned out for a rally supporting the Dunkirk Repowering project. State Senator Cathy Young led the rally supporting the repowering project that is being delayed by a lawsuit filed by Entergy, a competing power company. Young says the show of support is important for the project. Labor from both ends of the county showed its support including Dave Wilkinson, President of the Jamestown Central Labor Council and IBEW 106. Assemblyman Andy Goodell, County Executive Vince Horrigan, Dunkirk Mayor AJ Dolce and Councilman at Large Willie Rosas were also among the speakers. The loss of the plant would have a major impact on the city of Dunkirk and Chautauqua, since NRG is the largest taxpayer in the County.
There was a strong turn-out of residents and local officials last Saturday to rally in favor of the NRG Repowering Project... which is now on hold. Local Congressman Tom Reed was unable to be there... but, added his support for the effort before-hand. Another commitment kept Reed from attending the event at the Dunkirk Boardwalk... which drew dozens of people on a cold morning. The Corning Republican says he talked with state Public Service Commission officials last Friday... and, reiterated his support for the NRG Repowering Project moving foward.
Reed says that's not just for the energy and jobs the plant currently produces... but, the future of that, as well. He believes the lawsuits filed by environmental groups to halt the project are more political than about potential environmental impacts of the NRG plant's conversion to a natural gas-fired facility. Reed is urging residents in the county to write to the PSC to move the project forward once the lawsuits have been disposed of.
A New York state lawmaker says the state should prohibit the use of Styrofoam doggy bags at restaurants. Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, a Democrat, says he has written legislation which would make it illegal for restaurants to use the Styrofoam containers when diners ask to take leftovers home. Abinanti says the plastic chemicals used in the containers are bad for the environment because they don't decompose and are hard to recycle. He says his bill is intended to get restaurants to use other, more environmentally friendly packages for leftovers. Many restaurants have already started using other alternatives to Styrofoam. Abinanti says New York state should be a leader in the effort to reduce the use of the product. The bill will be considered when lawmakers return to Albany in January.
Another municipality has approved a measure backing the proposed North County Water District... and, that's good news for County Executive Vince Horrigan... who continues to push and prod local governments to back the project. The Pomfret Town Board voted unanimously late last week to support in concept the creation of the water district. Horrigan says that brings to the three the number of local governments supporting the proposed district. Horrigan was at a meeting in the village of Brocton late last week... and, also has a meeting scheduled with the town of Sheridan. He is confident that if enough progress is made... the County Water Agency could be able to schedule its next meeting in November. Horrigan is still hopeful the County Legislature could take action forming the water district in November.
Two Dunkirk residents have been arrested in back-to-back raids for allegedly selling crack-cocaine to undercover police officers in the north county city. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 31 year-old Jason Rosas-Rodriguez during the first raid -- just before 4 PM last Thursday -- at 51 East Second Street. About 4:30 that afternoon... Task Force members arrested 47 year-old Minerva Maestre at 63 Ruggles Street. Both suspects are charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance... and, additional charges are pending. They are both jailed without bail. Anyone with information about illegal narcotics trafficking in the county are asked to call the Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is issuing a water alert for the Celoron area for Tuesday morning. BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says testing of a private fire service at 101 Jackson Avenue has been scheduled for early morning on Tuesday... and, the testing may cause discolored water for customers in Celoron and Lakewood during the day Tuesday.
U-S Senator Charles Schumer is calling for federal authorities to routinely test and require full disclosure of components in Halloween makeup. The New York Democrat says novelty makeup and face paint are often made in China and can contain metals that could pose a danger to children wearing them. According to Schumer... the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found all 10 face paints it tested contained lead and six contained nickel, cobalt and/or chromium. Lead is banned from makeup in Canada and Europe, but not in the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't conduct routine testing of novelty cosmetics and needs to do more to enforce required disclosures of ingredients. He says parents should check what glitter, lipstick and other cosmetics go on their children's faces this Halloween.
A Rhode Island-based construction company is the apparent front-runner to oversee the 60-million dollars in improvements planned for the New York State Fair outside Syracuse. The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that a state selection board has given Gilbane Building of Providence the highest score of the four companies bidding for a 4.5-million dollar construction management contract for the overhaul of the fairgrounds in suburban Geddes. The two-year contract must still be negotiated, then approved by the state's attorney general and comptroller before it's awarded. The state's plans for the fairground include demolishing one concert venue and rebuilding another, building a new midway and adding a new R-V park. Gilbane's contract for the state fair is expected to be completed this fall.
Two Jamestown residents arrested following drug raid...
Two city residents have been arrested following an early morning drug raid Friday for allegedly dealing "crack" cocaine from an apartment on Jamestown's westside. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and the state Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant at 314-to-316 West Fourth St. about 6 a.m. Once inside... Samuelson says investigators found a quantity of crack... and, drug paraphernalia. Police arrested 27 year-old Steven Edmund... and, 20 year-old Lorilynn Moriarty on one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminally using drug paraphernalia. Both were jailed pending arraignment. Additional charges are expected. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics sales is asked to call the Metro Drug Task Force at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
City man jailed following alleged stabbing on westside...
A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly stabbing another man during an early morning incident Thursday on the city's westside. Jamestown police were called to the scene at 283 Fairmount Ave. just after 2 a.m., and, found a 23 year-old male victim who had been stabbed in the chest. Officers say the unidentifed victim was taken to WCA Hospital... and, was later transferred to the Erie County Medical Center for further treatment. He is reportedly in stable condition now. City police say they arrested 33 year-old Eric Barbee... who was charged with second-degree assault. He was arraigned and sent to the County lock-up.
New surveillance cameras up and running downtown, thanks to foundation funding...
Reducing police response time... and, giving officers more "eyes in the sky" are the reasons for six new surveillance cameras being placed downtown Jamestown. That from city officials... and, a leader with a local foundation... which is funding the project. Johnson Foundation Trustee and Attorney John Sellstrom says this is the kind of project they back... and, is in the spirit of the two brothers who founded the organization. Sellstrom says traffic on North Main Street -- at Eighth -- is viewed as helping with traffic issues -- along with fighting crime. City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says they appreciate the $112,000 grant provided by the Johnson Foundation to cover the entire cost of the project. He adds the new cameras bring to eight the number they have in the city now.
Ortolano says investigation continuing in fatal car chase...
A Dunkirk man wanted on a parole violation was killed when his car crashed during a vehicle pursuit with police on Lake Shore Drive East in the north county city Thursday night. Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says State Police located 23 year-old Bryan Willis... who was allegedly operating the vehicle... and, tried to pull him over. However... officers say the vehicle speeded up... and, later crashed. Ortolono says they are working with the State Police on the investigation. He says Willis lost control of his car... and, the vehicle and struck a vacant home at the corner of Lake Shore Drive East and North Ermine Street. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene. Ortolano says troopers found a loaded handgun inside Willis' vehicle.
Authorities say a 23-year-old man trying to elude state troopers crashed into a vacant house and died. State police say troopers received information around 9:30 p.m. Thursday that Bryan Willis of Dunkirk had violated parole and was possibly armed. Troopers spotted Willis driving a car and tried to pull him over on Lake Shore Drive in Dunkirk, a city on Lake Erie southwest of Buffalo. Willis pulled away from troopers but lost control of his vehicle and hit a vacant home at an intersection. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say Willis had a loaded handgun in his vehicle. The investigation into the crash is continuing.
An investigation is underway into an undetermined death that occurred in the Town of Pomfret sometime Thursday afternoon. Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says that State Police were called to a report of a missing person in the area of Spoden Road. Foley says it appears the incident occurred shortly after 12 Noon when a male subject was called in to police as missing. He says that person.... identified by Troopers as 18 year-old Jacob Schuk... was found dead in a creek bed at Canadaway Creek. The cause of death has not been determined at this time... and, an autopsy is pending. The investigation is being conducted by State Police with assistance from Foley's office.
A local architectural and design firm has been hired by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to develop a new gateway design plan for the city's northside corridor. The project... dubbed "Unite North Main" was launched yesterday afternoon at the offices of Clark-Patterson Lee on North Main Street. JRC Deputy Director Peter Lombardi says they're looking at a plan that unites the city's Urban Design Plan... and, Neighborhood Revitalization Plan to improve that corridor. Clark-Paterson Lee Associates Joseph Rollman and Brian Kulpa will work on designing the new corridor on several fronts... including incorporating residential areas with commercial and office buildings. There's also Love Elementary School... and, the vacant Holy Family School building. Kulpa says the final product will look at everything from economic and social vitality... to traffic flow. JRC Executive Director Greg Lindquist says the Chautauqua County Housing Trust Fund... Chautauqua Region Community Foundation... Sheldon Foundation... and, Northwest Savings Bank are providing up front money for the archtictural design work.
Several of the approximately (corrected) six new security cameras in the downtown area of Jamestown are now up and operational. City officials were joined by Johnson Foundation Executive John Sellstrom this afternoon to high-light the new, overlook cameras, during a press conference at the intersection of North Main and Eighth Streets. Mayor Sam Teresi and Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings joined Sellstrom for the event. The Johnson Foundation helped foot the bill for the new security cameras... which will help police maintain safety downtown.
Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan appears to have enough support among moderates and conservatives that he could become the next Speaker of the House -- if he wants it. That's the big question as Congress returns to Washington next week from a short recess. Corning Republican Tom Reed says -- if Ryan decides he wants to succeed John Boehner at the end of the month -- he would support him 100-percent. Reed says he's pleased to see that Ryan is considering such a move. Reed admits there is some short-term "pain and concern" over the fact no real candidate has come forward since House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his name from consideration. The local House member has come to know Ryan because they both serve on the Ways and Means Committee... and, he's hopeful that Ryan will strongly consider becoming Speaker. In addition to McCarthy... Congress members have been discussing three other possible candidates. Reed made his comments during this week's telephone Conference Call with Southern Tier Media.
A state commission has put seven lawyers on the short list for Governor Andrew Cuomo's pick to be New York's next top judge. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, now 70, must retire at the end of the year as the presiding judge at the state Court of Appeals and chief administrator of the court system. The post pays 198-thousand-600 dollars a year. The term is 14 years. The seven include former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and former New York Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti, now executive director of the Center for Families, Children and the Law at Hofstra University. Others culled from 33 applicants and found well qualified are private practice attorneys Carey R. Dunne, Caitlin J. Halligan, Rowan D. Wilson and Stephen P. Younger.
It's been a busy year for the Jamestown Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. The local para-military organization held it's annual Awards Banquet last night... and, celebrated a number of achievements by it's members. About 60 people were on hand for the event at LaScala's Restaurant. Lieutenant Colonel Ellen Maternowski... who is commander of the local squadron... says they had an exciting year that saw membership grow to about 30 cadets. Maternowski says they took part in a number of fund-raisers... and, events where they supported community events. She says one of the major high-lights was having a record 11 cadets -- and one senior cadet -- take part at one time in the annual CAP Encampment at Scotia, New York. Maternowski says many got to fly in a C-130... and, learned leadership skills. Among the awards given out was the Cadet of the Year... which was given to Nicholas Lahmer. The Cadet Airman of the Year was Emma Haynes... while Most Improved Cadet was Michael Houser. For more information on Civil Air Patrol... go on-line to civilairpatrol-dot-COM... and, type in the local zip code.
Due to our recent inclement weather... the Main Street Parking Ramp at the corner with West Second Street in Jamestown... will remain closed through the end of the month. That from Public Works Director Jeff Lehman... who says the ramp will be closed through Sunday, November 1st to facilitate updates to the ramp. In the meantime... Lehman says lease holders should contact All-Pro Parking at 849-7275 to coordinate alternative parking locations.
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly letting her 3-year-old boy wander outside their eastside home without supervision. City police were called to the area of Falconer and Stowe Street shortly after 8 this morning... and, found the child playing in the street. Officers say the child was also not properly dressed for the weather. Police checked the area... and, finally located the mother. Following a short investigation... they arrested 21 year-old Valerie Camacho... and, charged her with endangering the welfare of a child. She was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin across the entire city following a recent raid on the city's southside. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say 21 year-old Aaron Johnson of Newland Avenue was arrested last Friday on a warrant issued in city court. Task Force members say Johnson sold quantities of heroin to undercover agents at several locations across Jamestown. He was found inside the home... and, was arrested for third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. Agents say Johnson was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail on 20-thousand dollars cash bail. Anyone with information about illegal narcotics trafficking across the county is asked to call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.
An Erie County, New York man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a nurse who was trying to help him in the emergency room of a north county hospital. Sheriff's officers say they were called to Lake Shore Hospital in Irving shortly before 8 PM Monday on a report of a disorderly man. Deputies say the man... 25 year-old Thomas Schmid, Junior of Angola... is accused of striking an RN at Lake Shore with a closed fist... injuring her and damaging some of her property. Officers say Schmid was arrested... and, charged with second-degree assault... second-degree harassment... criminal mischief... and, disorderly conduct. Schmid was arraigned in Hanover Town Court... and, sent to the county jail on 40-thousand dollars cash bail... 80-thousand property bond.
A discount tool and equipment retailer based out of California is planning to locate a Jamestown-area store on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood. Mayor David Wordelmann says village officials have received a preliminary proposal from Harbor Freight Tools to put a new store in vacant space inside the former Grossman's Lumber store. Wordelmann says Bargain Outlet is using about half of the approximately 45-thousand feet of space there... while Harbor Freight will use the other half. Wordelmann says the village board last night voted to send the proposal to the planning board... which will consider the plans later this month. Once that has taken place... he says the plans come back to the village board for final Site Plan review. When that's approved... Harbor Freight will be able to get a building permit to renovate the part of the store they'll use. There's no word yet on how many people would be employed by the retailer... which boasts of 600 stores nationwide.
Preparing the future workforce is important to grow advance manufacturing... but, there are three different areas that also need to be addressed to bring about more jobs. That from Congressman Tom Reed... who used a National Manufacturing Month event at Truck-Lite in Falconer to push that agenda. The Corning Republican says manufacturer's -- like Truck-Lite -- are most concerned about the "cost of doing business." Reed says that was also an issue he heard during an earlier stop at RHI Monofrax in Jamestown. Reed says perhaps the biggest issue of the three is taxes. He says it's time for changes to the United States' complex and "antiquated" tax code that is the "least competitive in the world." Reed says the third item is trade... and, opening up market around the world. The biggest trade issue on the table right now is the "TPP..." the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. It involves 12 Pacific Rim nations -- including the U-S -- and, the tentative agreement was reached back on October 5th. However... while Reed says he wants to see the details of it before voting on it.
Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly assaulting at least two people early yesterday morning on the city's south side. City Police were called to the scene in the area of 10 South Main Street... where one of the victims pointed out the two men... who were walking away from the area. Officers say they called to the two men... who then ran off. However... police say they apprehended 21 year-old Michael Near-the-second... and, 19 year-old Ishmael Johnson... a short distance away. Police say one of the victims positively identified the two men... and, they were arrested for third-degree assault... and, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration. Both were jailed pending arraignment.
Plans to demolish the collapsed portion of the Coburn Block in Dunkirk have come to a standstill... and, Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is apparently feeling the pressure to get things moving. But, the Rural Ministry's Executive Director, Kathy Peterson, says they are being stymied because of the owner of 125 Central, the only portion of the block not owned by CCRM. Three structural engineers have been consulted... and, Peterson says they need to shore up the wall before any demolition work can get underway. She says it's frustrating because they've done their part to get the clean-up going. The entire Coburn Block facility has been closed since the collapse occurred two weeks ago Wednesday. Rural Ministry continues to distribute food bags to the needy at the corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street from 11 AM to 1 PM each day. The anti-poverty agency is also helping people with non-food related needs.
Firefighting foam used to fight oil train spills and fires is being deployed to 19 cities across New York state. The foam concentrate is stored in trailers along with equipment needed to apply the foam to an oil spill. The foam forms a blanket over oil spills and contains fires. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the trailers are being placed in cities along the north-south and east-west routes of oil trains that cross the state, from Buffalo to Albany and Plattsburgh to Rockland County. The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is placing the trailers near major population centers along rail lines and waterways. The trailers will be deployed by early 2016. Local fire departments will be trained to use the equipment.
A plan to expand a racino in New York's Southern Tier into a full resort casino has won the endorsement of state gambling regulators. Tioga Downs was the only contender for a single casino license available in the region, one of the state's most economically challenged. The plan also calls for a hotel, new restaurants and a concert venue at the site of the current racino in Nichols. Formal licensure is up to the state's Gaming Commission following Wednesday's endorsement by a state gambling location board. Local officials say the casino will mean jobs and more tourism. Tioga's plans were initially rejected last year when the location board endorsed three projects in the Catskills, the Finger Lakes and in Schenectady.
Voters in the Southwestern Central School District have okayed a 15.9-million dollar capital project officials say help move the district into the 21st Century. The project... which mainly deals with the high school and surrounding grounds... was approved 201-to-148 in a somewhat lower than average turn-out. However... after the results were released last night... School Superintendent Maureen Donahue said they were pleased with the results. Donahue says it includes 'instructional renovation...' a complete overhaul of the auditorium, and a new gymnasium. The new gym would be added at the east end of Southwestern High School. Donahue planned to contact their architect last night... and, move ahead on planning, and the design phase today. She says the current gym space is to be converted into a "Wellness Center" and a large 'multi purpose' classroom. She adds there will also be some "significant road work" done on the access road between the high school, elementary school... and, Allegheny Avenue in West Ellicott. Donahue says state building aid would pay for just over 81-percent of the work.
Chautauqua County's Congressman is high-lighting local manufacturing successes, and efforts to educate the next generation of workers in the region. Corning Republican Tom Reed was in Falconer Tuesday afternoon touring the Truck-Lite facility on East Elmwood Avenue... and, discussing the local maker of vehicle safety-lighting's needs. Reed also presented a commendation to Truck-Lite, and the local "Dream It -- Do It" program. Reed says he'd like to see the collaboration between the public school program, and local manufacturers go national. Reed says the partnership is important because there's a "skills gap" in the United States that needs to be bridged. He says that's the idea because Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- or STEM Programs. Truck-Lite Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer Brad Van Riper says he's excited by the new 'P-Tech Academy' in the north county... and, "Dream It -- Do It." The Western New York "Dream It -- Do It" program is a collaboration between the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier... and, local schools to get students interested in possible manufacturing and related careers.
A woman was killed... and, a man was seriously hurt... when their motorcycles collided after the woman's bike first struck a cow in the Cattaraugus County town of Napoli. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 35 year-old Jennifer Bumpus of Little Valley was eastbound on Route 242 just before 8:30 Monday night when she struck a cow that had wandered onto the road. Deputies say the second motorcycle, operated by 23 year-old Derrick Livermore of Conewango, then struck Bumpus' bike from behind. Bumpus was pronounced dead at the scene... while Livermore was flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania. He's being treated for back, leg, and neck injuries.
State police say they've arrested two people in connection with a fight at a western New York home that left a man with serious injuries. Troopers say 20-year-old Brittany Kulczyk (Cul-Chick) of West Valley... and 23-year-old Kyle Burdick of Cattaraugus went to a home in the Wyoming County to town of Java last August 10th... and, fought with a man and woman at the residence. Police say Kulczyk assaulted the 19-year-old woman while Burdick attacked the 28-year-old man. The man suffered a broken jaw, nose and teeth as well as a concussion. The woman was treated for cuts and bruises. Kulczyk was arrested September 28th and Burdick was arrested last Thursday. Both are charged with assault. Kulczyk was released. Burdick is being held in the county jail on $12,000 bail. It couldn't be determined if they have lawyers.
Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County have gone down a nickle-a gallon since last week to just over 2-dollars-50 cents for regular, unleaded. The Triple-A's weekly Fuel Gauge Report says that's based on reports from 19 service stations in the Jamestown-area. Triple-A says last week's average price was about 2--55 a gallon. Last year at this time... it was just over 3-dollars-51 cents per gallon. The Fuel Gauge say the current national average is about 2--31 a gallon. Triple-A adds that after 13 straight days of holding steady... the national average price for regular, unleaded gasoline began ticking higher last week. But.. on the whole, pump prices remain discounted across the country. The refinery maintenance season is reportedly nearing its peak, and the national average has been relatively stable since September 15th. While national prices have been steady, pump prices in some regions have moved dramatically over this same period, largely due to fluctuations in supply and demand.
The effort to erect a statue in honor of internationally-known cartoonist Brad Anderson and his comic strip "Marmaduke" still needs a push to get over the finish line. Members of the Brad Anderson Recognition Committee in Brocton were recently with us to talk about the effort following Anderson's passing at the age of 91. Committee Co-Chairman Terry Boltz says funds are basically in place... it's now a matter of how the statue will be presented along Route 20 near the county's Wine Trail in the town of Portland. Don Sottile is the artist who will make the sculpture... which will feature Anderson working on a drawing... with Marmaduke's head over Anderson's shoulder -- trying to get him to play with him. Another person involved with the effort... Terry's brother, Jim... says the statue is fitting because Anderson never forgot Chautauqua County, and his roots here... using local references in the comic strip. Donations can still be made... and, sent to the Brocton/Portland Development Corporation, c/o the Brad Anderson Recognition Committee, 87 West Main Street in Brocton. The zip code is 14716.
The second-annual Feeding Fredonia Challenge is underway in the village of Fredonia... and, the effort is alread off to a good start. That from Pastor Cynthia Wickwire-Lundquist with the Fredonia Presbyterian Church. Wickwire-Lundquist says local businesses are helping to collect the food... starting Monday. Fredonia Central School and the SUNY College at Fredonia are holding their own internal collections to help with the food drive. The Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is also assisting with the Feeding Fredonia Challenge this week... despite their own challenges concerning the partially-collapsed Coburn Building in Dunkirk. You can call 679-1501 for more information about the "Feeding Fredonia" Challenge.
A New York state board is expected to decide soon whether to allow a racino in the state's Southern Tier to expand into a full casino. Tioga Downs' bid for a casino license was initially denied last year, but the facility in Nichols revised its proposal after Governor Andrew Cuomo asked gambling regulators to re-open bidding for the casino license.
Cattaraugus County woman killed when her Motorcycle hit a cow in the road...
A woman was killed... and, a man was seriously hurt... when their motorcycles collided after the woman's bike first struck a cow in the Cattaraugus County town of Napoli. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 35 year-old Jennifer Bumpus of Little Valley was eastbound on Route 242 just before 8:30 last night when she struck a cow that had wandered onto the road. Deputies say the second motorcycle, operated by 23 year-old Derrick Livermore of Conewango, then struck Bumpus' bike from behind. Bumpus was pronounced dead at the scene... while Livermore was flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA. He's being treated for back, leg, and neck injuries.
BPU Water Main break fixed, unsettled water now the issue in Jamestown...
Motorists in Jamestown can now use the area of Main Street between First and Third Streets after repairs were made to a water main that broke overnight. BPU Communications Cordinator Becky Robbins says that a 10-inch main break was discovered about 9 p.m. Monday when several customers reported low water pressure. Water was shut down on North Main Street between First and Third... and, repairs were completed about 7 this morning. Now that water service has been restored... customers throughout the BPU water system may experience discolored water until 7 tonight... to MIdnight tonight.
SWCS District voters deciding on $15.9-mill. Capital Project...
Voters in the Southwestern Central School district are deciding today on a $15.9-million capital project with two rounds of voting. Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the second session will be held this afternoon from 2 until 9 p.m. Donahue says the planned work is mainly at the high school... and, surrounding grounds. Donahue says it includes 'instructional renovation...' a complete overhaul of the auditorium, and a new gymnasium. The new gym would be added at the east end of Southwestern High School. Donahue says plans call for the current gym space to be made into a wellness center and a large 'multi purpose' classroom. New York state building aid would pay 81.3 cents for every dollar of the work.
Jamestown Board of Public Utilities crews were busy fixing a water main break overnight. BPU Communications Cordinator Becky Robbins says that a ten inch water main break was discovered about 9pm Monday when several customers reported low water pressure. Water was shut down on North Main Street between 1st and 3rd streets by 10pm. Drivers are being asked to avoid that area this morning as crews work on repairs and road clean up. Once water is restored, water customers throughout the BPU water system may experience discolored water for 12-18 hours.
Five fire departments were called out to side-by-side house fires in Warren just after 2:30 Monday afternoon. The Warren Times Observer reports that the fire began at 1121 Pennsylvania Avenue West and spread to the neighboring house. North Warren, Pleasant, Starbrick, Youngsville, and Clarendon Volunteers fought the two fires alongside Warren Firefighters for hours. The two homes were heavily damaged. One firefighter suffered a minor injury when he stepped on a nail. The state police fire marshall says the attics of both homes were full of shingles which are highly flammable. The cause of the fire is still under investigation
It reached 72-degrees at our Media One Studios yesterday afternoon... but, the weather has taken a decided turn in the other direction. Progressively colder air will be moving into the area... some of the coldest of the season. Forecaster Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the first cold front began crossing the area overnight... but, adds it will get much cooler later in the week. The coolest day is forecasted for next Saturday... when the final system moves through... and there might be some "wet snowflakes over the higher terrain." Mitchell says it's not that unusual to see some snow over the higher elevations this time of the year. By the way... it was 9 years ago tonight that the "October Surprise" lake effect snowstorm hit portions of the Buffalo area.
A Niagara County, New York man has died from injuries suffered in a crash involving a car and two motorcycles in the Cattaraugus County town of Machias. State Police in Olean say one motorcycle... operated by 47 year-old Larry Choops of Lockport... was struck by the car... driven by Laura Howard-Raska of Snyder. Troopers say the accident occured just before 5 PM Sunday when Howard-Raska failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Route 242 and Bakerstand Road. Officers say the second motorcycle, operated by 67 year-old James Fink of Gasport, also struck the car and he was ejected. Fink was treated at a local hospital and released. Howard-Radka was not hurt. She was charged with speeding... failure to stop for a stop sign... and failure to yield the right of way.
Officials with the Lucy-Desi Comedy Center say they "couldn't be happier" with how the third-annual "Lucy-Town Half-Marathon and 5-K" weekend went. That from Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson... who says they were especially happy with how the second-annual "2-K Kids Run" went on Saturday. Gunderson says it was a prelude to the 5-K Run... and, the Half-Marathon Sunday morning. Gunderson also says there was also a good crowd of several-hundred people for Saturday night's "Headliner" comedy show with Joy Behar... and, adds the Co-Host of ABC-TV's "The View" loved the "great audience." She says they were again blessed with great weather for the main event yesterday morning... the half-marathon. Gunderson says a lot of people were dressed up in costume... and, there were a lot of out-of-towners, and locals involved. She says the Half-Marathon... which is sanctioned by U-S Track and Field... again drew about 700 runners from across the region and country. She says they've been helped greatly by Dave Reinhardt with the Chautauqua Strider's organization to put on the early Fall event.
New York's lieutenant governor is leading a state delegation to Puerto Rico to help the U.S. territory as it struggles with a fiscal crisis. New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Secretary of State Cesar Perales joined Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul for the visit Monday. The trip comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to the island last month to offer New York's assistance as it deals with billions in public debt... much of it related to it's Medicaid and Medicare programs. Cuomo says the challenges facing Puerto Rico's public health system are similar to those New York dealt with in the past and that the state is ``proud'' to help. The visit is expected to last through Wednesday.
A Seattle-bound flight from New Jersey had to make an emergency landing in Buffalo Monday morning after a small fire in the galley. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spokesman Doug Hartmayer says Alaska Airlines Flight 17 was diverted to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport at about 8 AM. He says a credit card reader caught fire and the crew put it out with a fire extinguisher. There were no injuries among the 184 passengers and crew of five. Hartmayer says firefighters boarded the Boeing 737 to make sure the fire was out. He says passengers were taken to the terminal and offered medical assistance. It wasn't initially known if they'll resume their flight on the same aircraft. Flight 17 originates in Newark. It's usually scheduled to land in Seattle at 12:55 PM.
The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging's "Dining Out" program will soon be adding a new, fifth restaurant to their line-up. That from Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos... who says some details are still being finalized with a Mayville-area eatery. Spanos says that means Seniors living in and near the "county seat" have a chance to get a good, nutritious meal at a very affordable cost. Spanos says adding "The Harbor House" gives them a variety of places for people to dine-out... aside from their Congregate Meal locations. She says the "Dining Out" sites also include Meeder's in Ripley... the Cassadaga Shure-Fine... The Springs in Maple Springs... and, Green Arch in Brocton. Spanos says they'll announce specifically when "The Harbor House" will become part of the program. For more information on the Senior "Dining Out" program... contact the Office for the Aging in Mayville. Spanos made her comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" Program on the five Media One Group stations.
What used to be an unthinkable scenario... an active shooter on campus... is not only thought about at New York's public colleges but planned for the same way they prepare for weather disasters or fire. All 29 four-year campuses in the State University of New York system have their own armed police forces and have to plan and practice for active shooters as part of emergency plans. Even so, the October 1st shooting that left nine victims dead at Oregon's Umpqua Community College has campuses again contemplating if that's enough. SUNY leaves specifics of planning up to individual campuses, drawing advice from authorities like the Justice Department. United University Professions president Fred Kowal says it's hard to say whether the plans are enough because they vary among campuses.
U-S Senator Charles Schumer says the federal government should seek the maximum possible fine from Volkswagen... and, demand that the automaker give rebates to buyers following the recent scandal over emissions testing. The New York Democrat calls the company's actions a ``deceptive and massive fraud'' among the worst in corporate history. He says he wants the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Justice Department to seek an 18-billion dollar fine, the highest possible. He added that drivers who purchased the affected cars should receive a portion of the settlement amount as a rebate. Schumer says such a high fine amount would send a ``dramatic and strong'' message that corporate deception won't be tolerated.
Voters in the Southwestern Central School district will decide today on 15.9-million dollar capital project with two rounds of voting. Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the first session of voting at the High School runs from 7 to 9 AM. Donahue says the planned work is mainly at the high school and surrounding grounds. Donahue says it includes 'instructional renovation...' a complete overhaul of the auditorium, and a new gymnasium. The new gym would be added at the east end of Southwestern High School. Donahue says plans call for the current gym space would be made into a wellness center and a large 'multi purpose' classroom. New York state building aid would pay 81.3 cents for every dollar of the work. As for the impact on the Southwestern budget over the 15 year pay-off, Donahue says it's about 30 cents per thousand assessed value. A second voting session runs from 2 to 9 PM today.
(Corr.)Niagara Co. man killed in crash involving car, and two motorcycles in Catt. County...
A Lockport, New York man has died from injuries suffered in a crash involving a car and two motorcycles in the Cattaraugus County town of Machias. State Police in Olean say one motorcycle... operated by 47 year-old Larry Choops... was struck by the car... driven by Laura Howard-Raska of Snyder. Troopers say the accident occured when Howard-Raska failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Route 242 and Bakerstand Road. Officers say the second motorcycle, operated by 67 year-old James Fink of Gasport, was also struck by the car... and, he was thrown from the bike. However... Fink was not seriously hurt. Choops later died at a local hospital. Howard-Raska was not hurt... but, officers say she faces charges, including speeding and failure to yield.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department "K-9" Unit is being credited with helping to find a Falconer teenager who went missing for several hours early Sunday in the town of Chautauqua. Sheriff's officers say they received a report that 19 year-old Nathan Nowicki walked away from a group of friends on Beujean Road shortly after 2 AM. Deputies say he went into a heavily-wooded area... and, the group tried to find him -- without luck -- a short time later. Officers say the friends tried to call Nowicki's cellphone...but, were unable to reach him. Deputies were called in... and, upon arrival found Nowicki's vehicle. Officers say Erie County Air-1 then conducted a search of the wooded area... but, were unable to find him due to heavy foliage. However... GPS coordinates from Nowicki's cell phone showed that it was in the wooded-area... and, a ground search began. Deputies say "K-9" Drago lead the effort... and, after a short time he found Nowicki's backpack... which also contained his cell phone. The K-9 then lead search teams into the Chautauqua Gorge where they were able to track Nowicki's foot prints... and, found him about 8:45 AM. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of hypothermia and minor injuries.
A Jamestown teenager has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk while a 14 year-old juvenile was in the car with her. City police say they stopped 18 year-old Jastic (Jaz-Stick) Anzalone on Hallock Street about 2 AM last Saturday for driving without her headlights on... and, running a red light. Officers say Anzalone submitted to a breath test... and, it showed she had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system. Police say she's accused of violating Leandra's Law... making her driving while intoxicated charge a Felony. Anzalone was also charged with operating without a license... and, passing a red light. She was jailed pending arraignment.
One Lakewood area man remains jailed... while another has been freed on bail... following a drug raid last Friday that uncovered both Heroin and cocaine being sold. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force led a multi-agency effort to take down an alleged drug house at 29-15 Third Avenue in Busti. Task Force Commander David Bentley says police found 40 grams of processed or packaged cocaine... and, 20 doses of Heroin. They also arrested 40 year-old Blake Smith... and, 38 year-old Willow Taft... at the location -- just west of Lakewood. Bentley called the pair "mid-level" drug dealers. He says authorities also found a quantity of marijuana... cutting agents... electronic scales... and a large quantity of cash. He says the task force was assisted by Lakewood-Busti and State Police... the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, state Police C-NET Team. Smith... who was also arrested on warrants from the city of Jamestown... remains jailed without bail. Taft was freed on bail. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking around the county is asked to contact the Southern Tier Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.
Chautauqua County's top-law enforcement official is urging motorists to drive cautiously over the next three months. Sheriff Joe Gerace says that's because the number of Car-Deer accidents typically spikes between October and December in the county. Last year... Gerace says the county had well over 100 car-deer crashes in both October and November because the animals tend to migrate during that time... and, it's also their mating season. He adds November is the peak month for these accidents. Gerace adds that deer tend to be most active between 6 and 9 PM in the evening. However... he adds there are instances where a driver cannot avoid a collision. Gerace urges motorists not to swerve out of your driving lane because that can cause an even more serious accident. He says it's best in that case just to hit the deer. In that case... Gerace says you should brake firmly... stay in your lane... and, hold onto the steering wheel and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop. At that point... he says you should then pull off the road to access your situation.
The New York Senate's former longtime majority leader says he's giving 1.4-million dollars left in campaign funds to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee... and, 100-thousand dollars to a scholarship fund. Joseph Bruno says he's also closing his legal defense fund and spreading about $70,000 left among several nonprofits. He retired from the Senate in 2008 after 13 years as the Republican leader, initially spending leftover campaign money for defense lawyers at political corruption trials in 2009 and 2012. The state comptroller this year approved $1.8 million reimbursements for his legal defense fees, while rejecting another $606,000 sought by Bruno after he was acquitted at his second trial. Bruno says keeping a Republican Senate majority as a balance to Democrats controlling other parts of the state government is more important than ever.
A Fredonia woman has been arrested for allegedly receiving more than 18-hundred dollars worth of food stamps and public assistance she was not entitled to. Sheriff's officers along with members of the county's Department of Health and Human Services' Integrity Unit took 43 year-old Keilly Rose into custody late last week. Deputies say Rose was getting food stamp benefits... and, not properly reporting her income to social services. She is also accused of putting false information on her application with social services... and, receiving one-thousand-842 dollars worth of benefits she should not have received. Rose faces charges including Grand Larceny... welfare fraud... and, Offering a False Instrument for Filing. She was issued appearance tickets for Jamestown City Court. Instances of suspected welfare fraud can be reported by calling the the county's hotline at 1-800-388-5365 or We-Tip 1800-782-7463.
Dunkirk City School District officials are asking for strong community support at a rally that will be held a week from Saturday for NRG's Repowering Dunkirk project. School Superintendent Gary Cerne (Sir-nee) says the re-powering project is critical to the District, as NRG contributes 10-percent of the District's revenue under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes -- or PILOT Agreement. Cerne calls it their "last chance" to show the community and county is united in keeping the plant open. Nearly two years ago... Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Dunkirk to announce the project that would convert the plant from a coal fired plant to cleaner natural gas. A lawsuit filed by Entergy Corporation has since put the project on hold. The Rally will be held Saturday, October 17th starting at 10:30 am on the city pier.
State regulators have approved Buffalo-based M&T Bank Corporation's application to acquire Hudson City Bancorp Inc. The Department of Financial Services says it received the application in 2012 from M&T... noting it has strengthened its risk management and anti-money laundering compliance programs. M&T, a financial holding company, says the transaction has already been approved by the Federal Reserve and shareholders of both companies... and, should be completed by about November 1st.
The U.S. Military Academy will honor the man who portrayed ``Lieutenant Dan'' when it gives actor Gary Sinise its annual Thayer Award. Sinise, known for his roles in ``Forrest Gump'' and the TV show ``CSI: New York,'' will receive the award at West Point on October 22nd. The award is named for a former West Point superintendent and is given to citizens who serve the national interest. West Point cited Sinise's decades of advocacy for service members, including his work for the Disabled American Veterans organization. Sinise also performs for troops as part of the "Lt. Dan Band," named for the hard-nosed officer who befriends Forrest Gump. Past recipients of the Thayer Award include Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, Bob Hope, Neil Armstrong, Tom Brokaw and Colin Powell.
Falconer teen found in Chautauqua Gorge after missing for more than six hours...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department "K-9" Unit is being credited with helping to find a Falconer teenager who went missing for several hours early Sunday in the town of Chautauqua. Sheriff's officers say they received a report that 19 year-old Nathan Nowicki walked away from a group of friends on Beujean Road shortly after 2 AM. Deputies say he went into a heavily-wooded area... and, the group tried to find him -- without luck -- a short time later. Officers say the friends tried to call Nowick's cellphone...but, were unable to reach him. Deputies were called in... and, upon arrival found Nowicki's vehicle. Officers say Erie County Air-1 then conducted a search of the wooded area... but, were unable to find him due to heavy foliage. However... GPS coordinates from Nowicki's cell phone showed that it was in the wooded-area... and, a ground search began. Deputies say "K-9" Drago lead the effort... and, after a short time he found Nowicki's backpack... which also contained his cell phone. The K-9 then lead search teams into the Chautauqua Gorge where they were able to track Nowicki's foot prints... and, found him about 8:45 AM. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of hypothermia and minor injuries.
One person still jailed, another released following significant drug bust in town of Busti...
One Lakewood area man remains jailed... while another has been freed on bail... following a drug raid last Friday that uncovered both Heroin and cocaine being sold. Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force led a multi-agency effort to take down an alleged drug house at 2915 Third Ave. in Busti. Task Force Commander David Bentley says police found 40 grams of processed or packaged cocaine... and, 20 doses of Heroin. They also arrested 40 year-old Blake Smith... and, 38 year-old Willow Taft... at the location -- just west of Lakewood. Bentley called the pair "mid-level" drug dealers. He says authorities also found a quantity of marijuana... cutting agents... electronic scales... and a large quantity of cash. He says the task force was assisted by Lakewood-Busti and State Police... the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, state Police CNET Team. Smith... who was also arrested on warrants from the city of Jamestown... remains jailed without bail. Taft was freed on bail. Anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking around the county is asked to contact the Southern Tier Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.
he Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has named National Comedy Center Executive Director, Journey Gunderson as its person of the year. Gunderson is responsible for executing the Board of Directors vision... making Jamestown a national destination for comedy. The National Comedy Center Board President also received an award at the chamber's annual ceremony. That's local attorney, George Panebianco... who was given the Jamestown Community Chamber's service award. Panebianco has also been active with Babe Ruth baseball, The Italian American Golf Tournament and several other groups. The county chamber's award for economic development was shared by the Northern Chautauqua, and Chautauqua Region Community Foundations. Randy Sweeney is Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Foundation. A number of other 'community chamber' awards were presented Thursday night during the event... held at SUNY Fredonia. Winning for the Mayville Chautauqua Community Chamber was Ken Shearer.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he "respects" House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's decision to withdraw his name from consideration to be next Speaker of the House. Reed was part of yesterday's Majority Conference meeting where a vote was to be taken on the next speaker. However... McCarthy announced he was no longer seeking the position. After that... outgoing Speaker John Boehner adjourned the meeting. Earlier this week... Reed said he wanted the caucus to take it's time making a decision. Two other Republican's have expressed interest in being speaker. They are Jason Chaffetz of Utah, and Daniel Webster of Florida. However... there was no vote on either man Thursday. Reed says he's open to hearing more candidates who may be able to unite both the party, and Congress as a whole. Another name that's been circulated is South Carolina's Trey Gowdy... who head's up the House Select Committee on Bengahzi. There's been no word on when another meeting will be held. Speaker Boehner will step down October 29th.
A Bradford, Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for being found in possession of child pornography at his former home in Olean. U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior also announced Thursday that 48 year-old Dale Foley received 10-years supervised release by Senior U.S. District Judge William Skretny. Prosecutors say agents raided Foley's home on South Street in Olean back in November of 2011... and, found and found 146 video filed of child porn. They add that Foley also admitted to being in possession of the material. Officials say a forensic analysis of Foley’s computer recovered 685 image files... and, the video files... many of which depicted pre-pubescent children being subjected to violence.
A Jamestown teenager has been arrested for allegedly breaking into vehicles parked on Lakeview Avenue... then leading police on foot chase. A police patrol on the northside spotted the 17 year-old boy allegedly checking vehicle doors... and, he allegedly got into one car to steal items inside. Officers say they moved in... but, the teen spotted them... and, ran off. Police say they chased the teen through several backyards before catching, and arresting him. The 17 year-old is charged with attempted petty larceny... and, second-degree obstruction. He was jailed pending arraignment.
A public meeting was held by Southwestern Central School district officials Wednesday night on a proposed 15.9-million dollar capital project that will go before the voters next week. Superintendent Maureen Donahue says the planned work is mainly at the high school and surrounding grounds. Donahue says it includes 'instructional renovation...' a complete overhaul of the auditorium, and a new gymnasium. The new gym would be added at the east end of Southwestern High School. Donahue adds their current gym has been fundamentally untouched since it was built in 1952... and, is one of the smallest in any high school in the county. Under the plan, the current gym space would be made into a wellness center and a large 'multi purpose' classroom. New York state building aid would pay 81.3 cents for every dollar of the work. As for the impact on the Southwestern budget over the 15 year pay-off, the taxpayer cost will be just about 30-cents per thousand assessed value. Additional information on the Southwestern capital project is available on the school's website or by calling the district office. The public vote on the project will be next Tuesday, October 13th at the high school.
Work has been further delayed... and, it will be next week before demolition begins on the collapsed portion of the Coburn Block Building in the city of Dunkirk. Mayor A-J Dolce says a total of three structural engineers have now had a look at the situation. One of the factors is the building's age... dating back to 1868. The extra time will also allow extra prep work that needs to be done to raze the building safely. Kathy Peterson of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, which owns the building, says a demolition firm from Buffalo has been hired to handle the work. She says all three structural engineers have deemed the building on Central Avenue to be structurally sound.
Former New York Governor David Paterson is stepping down from his post as the leader of the state's Democrats. Paterson had served as chairman of the state Democrat Committee since May of last year. He announced his resignation late Wednesday. There's no word on who will take over the party, which is largely controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Paterson thanked Cuomo and other Democratic leaders for their support Wednesday... and, said he will always feel fortunate to have led his party. Aside from leading the Democrats in the 2014 elections, Paterson also emerged as a staunch Cuomo supporter, often taking aim at the governor's critics on his behalf. In a statement... Cuomo praised Paterson's contributions as governor and said he was an ``outstanding'' chairman of the party.
Her appearance in Jamestown may be on of the few chances to see Comedian and T-V Talk Show host Joy Behar on the stage doing her stand-up routine. Behar is preparing for her appearance this Saturday night in Jamestown as part of the third-annual Lucytown Half-Marathon Weekend. But... the co-host of ABC-TV's "The View" almost didn't get into TV and Comedy. Behar tells us she first got into teaching... but, then changed careers. She says it enfluenced a "one-woman show" she does called "Me, My Mouth, and I...." Behar says she and her husband, Steve, will be driving to Jamestown from their home in New York City. She says this will be one of just a few comedy shows she's been doing because she's again fully-engaged with "The View." Behar adds that Lucille Ball is truly "The Queen of Comedy..." and, she "had it" like Charlie Caplin and other legends. Behar takes the stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts this Saturday at 8 PM. For ticket information... call the Lucy-Desi Center at 484-0800... or go on-line to Lucy--Desi-dot-COM.
Teresi unveils 2016 Executive Budget proposal that gets within city's Constitutional taxing limit...
After years of having to shell out more money for insurance and pensions... and, stagnant revenues... Jamestown's day of budget "reckoning" has arrived. That from Mayor Sam Teresi as he presented the city's 2016, $35.1-million spending plan Wednesday afternoon. Teresi says the budget includes a 5.6-percent tax increase... which is nearly $700,000 over the state's 2-percent property tax cap. He says it also increases the tax rate by $1.27 cents per $1,000 full value. Teresi says there are three main drivers of the increase... the largest being escalating costs for the city's self-insurance health plan. In recent years, he says costs for the plan have "drained" the city. Teresi says it's the "800-pound Gorilla" in this budget, because retirees were also negotiated into the program many years ago. He says state pension contributions, and salaries are the other culprits. Teresi says the tax increase brings the city within $1,800 of 99.9-percent of it's Constitutional taxing limit. The budget uses up the rest of the undesignated fund-balance... and, cuts the contingency budget by 4.4-percent to $220,000 for emergencies. Otherwise... Teresi says revenues... including Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements with the Board of Public Utilities... are mostly down. Teresi says the BPU is projecting lower electric sales in the coming year. City Council has to approve a final budget by Dec. 1.
City man arrested for allegedly running over person on westside...
A city man is jailed following an incident in which his car reportedly ran over the foot and lower leg of another person on Jamestown's westside. City police were called to the scene of a reported motor vehicle accident in the area of 359 Fairmount Avenue just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Officers say their investigation found that 23 year-old Corey Reichardt had fled the scene shortly before they arrived... and, he allegedly struck the victim while driving off. The extent of the victim's injuries were not released. Reichardt was found nearby... and, arrested for second-degree reckless endangerment.
County Office for the Aging to host Jamestown-area Medicare Enrollment forums Thursday...
Local Seniors, their spouses and caregivers are encouraged to take part in some very important forums in the Jamestown-area to learn more about Medicare Enrollment. The enrollment period begins on Oct. 15... and, runs until Dec. 7. Chautauqua County Office for Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos says they are holding a number of forums... including two in the Jamestown-area today. Spanos says her office's Medicare-certified counselors put on the programs for no charge... because they cannot charge a fee. She says that's because they have partial federal funding. Spanos says the first local Health Insurance Public Forum will be held in Jamestown this afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. She says a second forum in the Jamestown-area will be held at the Heritage Ministries location in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood from 6-to-8 this evening. She adds that people who just turned 65 may also want to explore whether it's better to stay on their work insurance... or go on Medicare. For more information... call the office's NY Connects number at 753-4582.
Wordelmann running for second-term as -Lkwd Mayor Re-elect-#1 6AM 10/8
The current mayor of Lakewood says he feels his work is not done... and, is asking village residents for another four-year term in office. Republican Mayor David Wordelmann has announced he's seeking a second-term after being elected in 2011 to replace the late Tony Caprino... who passed away while in office. Wordelmann says village government's emphasis on economic development, and bringing in jobs, has continued under his leadership. He says he's "very proud" of his record... which includes helping 30 new business calling Lakewood "home." Wordelmann says he's served as an elected official in Lakewood for 10 and-a-half years... the first six as a trustee. He says he's most proud of the fact that they've been able to hold the line on taxes... and, the tax rate has actually dropped to it's lowest level in 15 years. As for the future... Wordelmann says he wants to keep the tax levy as as low as possible... and, continue to provide the services residents expect. He is employed by Tops Markets as a store manager. He is on the Republican line for the Nov. 3 election.
Missing Warren Co., PA girl found, along with alleged accomplice in her disappearance, in Maine...
A Warren County, Pennsylvania runaway has been found safe and sound in the state of Maine along with the older teenaged boy who allegedly helped her. State Police in Warren said late Wednesday that 15 year-old Reaghan Chase was found in Franklin County, Maine with 18 year-old Kyle Bedow of Grand Valley. Troopers say Chase disappeared back on Sept. 29. Felony warrants were issued for Bedow... who was found to be traveling with Chase. Police say Bedow has been arrested... and, faces charges including interferance with the Custody of a Child... and, concealment of the Whereabouts of a Child. He's being held pending extradiction to Pennsylvania.
Warren Co. teen now sought for allegedly helping missing girl stay away on the loose...
The teenager who is allegedly connected with a Warren County girl who disappeared back on September 29th now faces criminal charges. State Police in Warren say they have issued warrants for 18 year-old Kyle Bedow of Grand Valley, Pennsylvania on two Felony charges. Troopers say Bedow is believed to be traveling with 15 year-old Reaghan Chase... and, say they've been traveling in a 2005 tan-colored Mercury Marquise with the PA license plate number HVP7853. Police say Bedow is now charged with interference with the custody of a child... and, concealment of the Whereabouts of a Child. Troopers are now offering a reward for information leading to Bedow's arrest... and, finding Chase. If you have information... call Warren County Crimestoppers at 1-800-83-CRIME.
Cuomo calls on Congressional, Presidential candidates to state what they would do about gun killing's crisis...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says U.S. gunfire killings have reached a crisis... and, voters should demand every candidate for Congress or president answer what they'd do about it. Cuomo enacted new firearm restrictions in New York in January 2013, a month after 20 children and six adults were murdered at an elementary school in neighboring Connecticut. He tells The Associated Press there's a political price, and it cost him. The Democrat says it's a difficult issue, especially because 30 to 40 percent of Americans distrust government and oppose gun control. New York banned magazines that hold more than 10 bullets and sales of popular semiautomatic weapons with two military-style features, like the rifle used in Connecticut.
Contrary to earlier wire stories, "Scary Lucy" Halloween Exhibit at Mall won't include "Scary Lucy" statue...
Publicity about a new feature to the annual "Haunting at the Mall" at the Chautauqua Mall has been wrongly interpreted... and, it's produced some 'scary' results. There was a vague story in the Buffalo News this (Tuesday) morning... that was apparently misinterpreted by other media. That led to an Associated Press story that states that the statue will be part of the Halloween exhibit. However... the man whose company puts on the Haunting at the Mall says that's not the case. Scott Mekus with "Eventz by Scott" has put on the mall show for the past two years... and, says they'll have a person portraying "Lucy" for the exhibit. Mekus says the statue is "not coming to the Haunted House." However... he says the "Scary Lucy" exhibit will be "haunting" in it's appearance because it's for Halloween. He adds the statue is not intended to offend... but, have some fun with the national furor earlier this year over the statue. The "Haunting" will be located next to the current J-C Penny's store in the Mall. Celoron village officials say the Lucy statue will not be moved from Lucille Ball Memorial Park until a replacement has been made, and erected.
The "Haunting at the Mall" begins this Friday night... and, will continue each Friday and Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. through Halloween weekend. There will also be an added "Haunting" night on Thursday, Oct. 29.
"Town of Terror" at Children's Safety Village previewed...
Older teens and young adults have the chance to get into the 'Halloween Spirit' early again this year at the Children's Education Safety Village's "Town of Terror" event. Safety Village Executive Director Terri Kindberg says this is the fourth-year for the event... which will be held each Saturday night, Oct. 9--24. Kindberg says each Saturday runs from 7:30 p.m to 10:30 p.m. at the location next to the Ashville BOCES. Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Dayton says... once people buy their admission ticket... they take a hay-ride to the back of the village. They will then proceed through the miniature village. Dayton says people taking part will then go "on their own route" through the "haunted town..." which uses the miniature buildings in the Safety Village. With the fact there is a "terror" theme for this fund-raiser... Kindberg says it's for older children only. In addition... there will also be a "Halloween Fun Fest" for the younger kids on Oct. 28. For more information... call the Safety Village at 338-0170.
City DPW Director says Foote Ave. paving project should be underway next week...
Work has been progressing a little faster in recent days on the complete resurfacing of Foote Avenue in the city of Jamestown. City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman told city council members at last night's work session that mill-work on Route 60 from the junction with Route 62 in the town of Kiantone... to Second Street in the city... was recently completed. He adds that paving work is to begin next Monday. Lehman says the repaving will begin at the Route 62 intersection... and conclude at West Second Street.
Forestville water is declared safe by state Health officials...
The Village of Forestville's drinking water is safe. That's according to a detailed report that the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services has received from the New York State Health Department. State health officials performed an independent and comprehensive review after residents questioned the safety of the village's water supply. The village replaced their 120 year-old springs with two new wells last year. County Environmental Health Director Mark Stow confirmed the findings.
Forestville teenager accused of stealing $11,000 from home safe in north county village; arrested in Jamestown...
A Forestville teenager has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a safe -- and, stealing about $11,000 worth of property -- in a village home last July. Sheriff's officers say 19 year-old Jesse Borrello of Pearl Street allegedly broke into the home last July 30. Following a lengthy investigation... deputies say an arrest warrant was issued for Borrello. Borrello was located in Jamestown and later arraigned in Hanover Town Court on charges of third-degree Grand Larceny... and, criminal mischief. He was then sent to the County Jail... where he posted $10,000 bail, or $20,000 property bond.
Woman from Southern Erie County dies from injuries in town of Hanover car-pedestrian accident...
A woman from southern Erie County, NY is dead following a weekend car/pedestrian accident in the town of Hanover. Sheriff's officers say 44 year old Andrea Waterman of Lawtons was taken to the Erie County Medical Center with serious physical injuries after being hit by a vehicle while walking last Saturday night. Deputies report that Waterman was walking on Routes 5 and 20 when she was struck by the vehicle. Waterman was taken to Lake Shore Hospital before being transferred to ECMC by Alstar Ambulance... where she later died. No charges have been filed.
BPU signs new, four-year "Flex Rate" agreement with Artone Manufacturing...
A local maker of custom furniture and fixtures has become the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' seventh major electric customer to sign a "Flex Plan" Agreement. BPU officials say today (Monday) that the four-year agreement with Artone Manufacturing on Allen Street will help to slightly reduce the company's power costs. In exchange... Artone agrees to invest in it's local facility and workforce. Artone President Mike Calimeri says the deal "helps the bottom line..." and, adds they certainly appreciate the fact the BPU wants to help local manufacturers save money on energy costs. BPU General Manager Dave Leathers thanked Artone staff for making the investment in it's now year-old location... building an energy efficient facility in part of the old Bush Industries manufacturing plant. Mayor Sam Teresi says Artone has been a manufacturing "anchor" for more than 40 years, and a good neighbor dating back to when Calimeri's dad started the company. Calimeri says Artone is coming off a record sales year. The company makes furniture and fixtures for four different markets... including retail store fixtures, hotel room furniture, senior care room furniture... and, contract case goods. Artone currently employs 82 people... and, is looking to add five more this years.
DiNapoli says Upstate succession not a good idea for the region, as well as New York as a whole...
New York's Comptroller says the state is better whole... than in parts. While in Jamestown last Friday for a tour of economic development projects, Thomas DiNapoli was asked the 'succession question'... would upstate New York be better off as its own state? As the New York's chief fiscal officer, DiNapoli says definitely not. He says a lot of what drives New York in terms of it's economy, and economic power is the fact it's a big state and includes the Wall Street district. At the same time though, DiNapoli, who is from Long Island, sympathizes with those who feel overshadowed by New York City issues. He says he felt like his district got the short-end of the stick when he was a state Assemblyman. DiNapoli concluded his news conference at the Gateway Station by saying, "Stay in New York... don't go to Ohio... or Pennsylvania."
Trump channel's "Death Wish" in support of Second-Amendment rights...
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is channeling 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead. Trump said in a rally in suburban Nashville last Saturday that he has a handgun carry permit in New York. He adds that any attacker will be ``shocked'' if he tries to assault the real estate mogul and that he will emulate Bronson in the vigilante film ``Death Wish.''
Brocton man arrested for allegedly drug possession during routine traffic stop...
A Brocton man is jailed following a routine traffic stop uncovered a number of drugs -- including Methamphetime -- in his possession. Sheriff's Deputies say they spotted a vehicle commit a traffic violation just before 4 AM last Saturday on Adams Street in the village of Silver Creek. Officers say the driver... 34 year-old David Topliffe... was found to have a suspended license. Further investigation... and, subsequent search of the vehicle found that Topliffe was in possession of powdered methamphetamine, processing materials for Meth, prescription narcotic pills, and a quantity of marijuana. He faces several charges... including Felony criminal possession of methamphetamine precursors... two counts of criminal possession of controlled substance... second-degree criminally possessing drug paraphernalia... aggravated unlicensed operator... and, unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court and sent to the County Jail.