WJTN News Bulletin for Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019

Young announces stepping down from Senate to take job at Cornell University...


STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CATHARINE M. YOUNG (R,C,I-57TH DISTRICT)

Serving the people of our region for the past 23 years truly has been the deepest honor of my life, first as a Cattaraugus County legislator, then as a New York State Assemblywoman and Senator.  I often have reflected about that sunburned and freckled-faced kid with pigtails who spent so much time working and playing on our farm, always having big hopes and dreams but never realizing that I would someday have the opportunity to find my passion of helping others as a Senator.  Reaching out a hand to people and communities, growing the economy, nurturing agriculture and being a champion for upstate New York always have been at the top of my priorities.  That calling has inspired, driven and fulfilled me, and there have been countless successes over these many years.  More than anything, people need good-paying jobs to support themselves and their families.  Upstate New York needs thriving businesses to provide those jobs and to revitalize our communities.  And our farmers need innovative ways to boost profitability.  Now, there’s a new and exciting opportunity to carry on my public service, by not only continuing to work hard for Western New York, but to advance economic growth and prosperity statewide by leading the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech.  Cornell University holds special and personal significance to my family and to me.  My grandparents toiled and struggled during the great Depression, raising four children on the farm in the hardest of times.  In spite of tremendous adversity, they made sure that each of their children focused on getting a good education so that they would have better lives.  In 1949, my father went off to Cornell University, and he and his siblings were the first generation in our family to graduate from college.  Leaving my job in the Senate – a job that I love – has not been an easy decision and it is bittersweet.  Young will begin her new position at Cornell on Mar. 11, 2019.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 28, 2019

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello outlined a number of initiatives during his State of the County message, initiatives that will involve the use of collaboration....  

Among the initiatives, developing a Chautauqua Lake consensus strategy that will attempt to involve all lake stakeholder groups.

Borrello expects to wrap up work on the consensus strategy by the end of March.  The top county official also spoke about another initiative: developing plans for a Ripley Gateway Center.

Borrello says the entryway into New York State has been a "blackeye" for too long and the county needs to change it. Other initiatives outlined by the county executive included improvements to CARTS and a Grow Chautauqua hops and grains cooperative.


South Korea's presidential office says it was "unfortunate" that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to produce an agreement in their high-stakes nuclear summit in Vietnam.... 

But it says it expects "active dialogue" to continue between Washington and Pyongyang. The Blue House said Thursday, it believes Washington and Pyongyang deepened their understandings of each other during their "long and deep discussions" in Hanoi.  Meanwhile, The Kremlin says that talks at the U.S.-North Korean nuclear summit in Vietnam appear to have failed because the parties proved unwilling to compromise and make concessions.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, Moscow is encouraged by the fact the negotiations did not break down completely.  But Peskov laments the lack of ``small steps'' and flexibility that could have helped to achieve some progress.  Peskov says the North Korean nuclear program is a complicated issue that is ``impossible to solve in one go.''


A Frewsburg man is jailed for allegedly threatening to kill another person with a hand-gun early Wednesday morning in the town of Carrol.... 

Sheriff's deputies were called to the undisclosed location... and, their investigation showed that 49 year-old Mark Boardman had threatened to the other person while displaying the gun.  Officers took Boardman into custody and, charged him with second-degree menacing, unlawful imprisonment, and, fourth degree criminal possession of weapon -- among others.  He was taken to the county jail pending arraignment.


"All systems" are now go for the Jamestown School Board to appeal the most recent ruling in the Maisto versus New York State legal case....  

The board voted Tuesday night, 5-2, to continue support of the "Small City Schools" lawsuit, a school funding case brought by eight small city districts across the state -- including Jamestown.  School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says they are using the 1993 "Campaign for Fiscal Equity" involving New York City schools as a precedent in their argument.

Apthorpe says 50-percent of students in Jamestown's elementary schools are not proficient in reading, writing or math.  He says the district has spent a little over $300,000 of taxpayer money to continue the fight and, he says the process of taking on the state in this matter has been "frustrating."  From here, Apthorpe says the Court of Appeals will make a decision, either remand the ruling back to Justice Kimberly O'Connor or de novo review, citing a "hostile judge."  Apthorpe encourages any parents or students who want to get involved in supporting Jamestown, to contact the governor's office. 


President Trump is expected to sign a bill once he returns from Vietnam designating the National Comedy Center in Jamestown as the nation's official "Center of Comedy."  

That from local Congressman Tom Reed, as the center was approved for the National Heritage Area designation in a vote of the House of Representatives Tuesday night.  The vote comes after the U-S Senate approved the designation.  The bill now head's to the president's desk to be signed.

Reed says the move means that Jamestown is "now to comedy what Cooperstown is to baseball and Cleveland is to rock and roll."  He says it's the nation's first state-of-the-art museum and cultural institution dedicated to presenting, preserving and celebrating the art form of comedy.  Project Chairman Tom Benson thanked Reed for his support, including being able to help the center obtain Federal New Market Tax Credits in 2017 to help the project get the financing it needed to open last year.


A city man has been accused of creating fake social media accounts to harass and annoy people in the town of Ellicott....  

Town Police say their investigation found that 18 year-old Tyler Goodwill of Lovall Avenue in Jamestown, created the account, and assumed the identities of the victims.  Goodwill was arrested on a warrant for second-degree aggraveated harassment, and criminal impersonation and, taken to the county jail pending arraignment.   


The scheduled surrender date for a former aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo to begin serving his six year prison sentence on federal corruption charges has been delayed..... 

A Manhattan federal appeals court on Friday ruled that Joseph Percoco can remain free pending his appeal.  Percoco was scheduled to surrender March 1st after being convicted last year of accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted to gain influence with the Cuomo administration.  Percoco's lawyer, Barry Bohrer, declined to comment.  The court also stayed the surrender of Percoco's co-defendant, real estate executive Steven Aiello, who was convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud and sentenced to three years in prison.  Cuomo, a Democrat, wasn't accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb, 27, 2019

The New York state legislature returns to Albany this week after a break that followed a "very unusual" start to the 2019 session.....  

That from local Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who says there was a flurry of activity in Albany, and a push to get a lot of legislation approved in the first month and a half of the session.  However, while that happened, Goodell says he's concerned about the haste in which the Democratic majorities in the Senate and Assembly moved to pass bills.

Goodell says many of the bills were not new, but the more liberal legislation had been bottled up in the Senate when Republicans had the majority the past several years.  With Democrats in charge on each side, he says there's been no real discussion or debate on much of the legislation and as a result, there were a lot of "unintended consequences" that came up.  One of those bills that had to be corrected was the one regarding State Election Reform.  He adds some of the laws did NOT include comments made during the last legislative session, which should have been considered during debate. 


New York Governor Andrew Como says people found to fraudulently claim a state property tax credit should be barred from reapplying for the benefit for six years....

The Democrat announced the proposal on Tuesday and said he'll ask lawmakers to include the provision in next year's state budget.  Cuomo says homeowners who cheat on their application for the state's STAR tax credit program should be held accountable for their attempt to profit at the expense of other taxpayers.  The STAR benefit program provides more than $3-billion dollars in property tax relief each year.  The program was created to ease the burden of high school property taxes on older homeowners and those with incomes of under $500,000.

The New York Senate has approved a new program that aims to ensure proper burials for veterans whose bodies are unclaimed....  

The Democrat-led chamber passed the bill Tuesday on a unanimous vote.  It would require local governments to work with veteran organizations whenever a veteran's next of kin cannot be identified.  The bill's sponsor, Senator Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat, says no one is more deserving of a respectful burial than the men and women who served in the armed forces.  The bill has not yet received a vote in the Democrat-led Assembly.


Chautauqua County's top-elected official will deliver his second State of the County message when county lawmakers hold their monthy meeting in Mayville tonight...  

County Executive George Borrello says his speech will focus on forging new collaborations.

Borrello says he's pleased with the progress that was made during his first year in office, adding that he's excited about the progress made in his first year on the job.  He says he will work to have an even better second one.  Among the collaborations, is establishing a county-wide economic development alliance.  He will make his presentation during the County Legislature's meeting that begins at 6:30 PM in the Legislative Chambers of the Gerace Office Building in Mayville. 


The first of what could be a number of administrative changes at Jamestown City Hall has come about in the wake of Mayor Sam Teresi's decision not to run for a sixth-term in office this Fall.....  

City Director of Financial Services and Clerk Todd Thomas resigned to take a new job with the Chautauqua County Attorney's Office in Mayville.  Thomas's resignation was read, and approved at Monday's City Council voting session.  His replacement for the last 10 months of the year will be the man he replaced -- Jim Olson.

After Monday's meeting, Thomas told the media he would start as an Assistant in county Attorney Stephen Abdella's Office next Monday.  He says with the "uncertainty about what every election cycle holds..." he had just begun looking for a different position.  Thomas was an attorney in Jamestown the past few years until Teresi appointed him 18-months ago to replace Jim Olson.  Mayor Teresi has appointed Olson to fill out the remainder of the term.  Thomas says his new job will allow he and his wife to carpool to Mayville, where she works for the state. 


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is dropping a proposal to ban all modified stretch limousines, an idea prompted by last fall's crash that killed 20 people....  

The Albany Times-Union reports that the provision was stricken from Cuomo's state budget proposal.  Cuomo is still seeking several other changes to enhance regulations of limos, and a spokesman said Cuomo still wants to prohibit any stretch limos that violate federal safety standards.  Under that proposal, state motor vehicle officials could revoke the registration of any stretch limo missing its federal safety certification tag.  The October 6th crash in Schoharie County west of Albany involved a limo that prosecutors say shouldn't have been on the road.  The operator of the limousine has pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 26, 2019

The Jamestown City Council has approved applying to New York state for $200,000 to support it's ongoing efforts to eliminate zombie houses in the city.....  

City Development Director Vince DeJoy says the effort received $150,000 two years ago to help bring on legal support to help residents dealing with the foreclosure process.  DeJoy says the grant would be for another two-year cycle.

Zombie houses are those that are left vacant and abandoned and, are not maintained during a prolonged foreclosure proceeding. DeJoy says the key is helping people stay in their homes through the foreclosure process and, he says having the legal help on staff is very helpful.  He says Attorney Ben Haskins has been on staff to help deal not only with Zombie properties, but, other code enforcement matters.  DeJoy says the first $150,000 grant from the Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative program went toward addressing the issue by boosting the city's ability to enforce it's housing code, tracking and monitoring vacant properties and for legal help to ensure banks and mortgage companies comply with local and state law.


The city will have a new Director of Financial Services -- and City Clerk -- next week..... 

The city council last night accepted the resignation of current director Todd Thomas, effective this Friday.  Thomas will be moving onto a new position with the Chautauqua County Attorney's office.  Lawmakers approved the appointment of retired Clerk, James Olson, to fill out the remaining 10 months of the year.  With Mayor Sam Teresi not running for re-election, whoever the new mayor is, they would appoint a new financial services director/city clerk.  More on this story later.


Two people have died in a weekend structure fire that heavily-damaged a mobile home in the Cattaraugus County town of Cold Spring..... 

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they received a 9-1-1 call reporting the blaze last Saturday... and, firefighters found the structure fully-engulfed in flames on arrival at 9192 Sawmill Run Road.  During the investigation, officials found the two victims inside the home.  Deputies say foul play is not suspected, but add the fire remains under investigation by the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team.  The victims names will be released once official identificatino has been made, and family members have been notified.


Several fire crews from across northern Chautauqua and Erie counties were busy battling a fire that destroyed a home in Sunset Bay early Sunday morning....  

Crews from Sunset Bay, Silver Creek, Evans Center, Sheridan, Forestville, Fredonia, East Dunkirk, Farnham, and Angola responded to the blaze at 936 Erie Street shortly after 4:30 AM.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello went to the scene and says four adults and a baby got out safely, but a pet cat perished.  The flames also spread to two neighboring houses, but Borrello says firefighters were able to save those two houses.  No injuries were reported.  The County's Fire Investigation Team is looking into the cause.


There's been no official assessment of damage in Chautauqua County from the wind and snow storm of the past day or so, but Executive George Borrello says the area faired much better than Erie County did....

Borrello says it may be a couple of days before they make a determination on the amount of property damage from the fierce winds.  He says most of the damage reported was along the Lake Erie shoreline.  Dunkirk city firefighters found the roof of a two-story commercial building had blown off of the building at 3 West Talcott Street around 3 PM Sunday.  However, no injuries were reported.  While fire crews were standing by, the west wall of the structure also collapsed.  A contracting crew was called in along with National Grid.


A Pennsylvania man was killed in a two-vehicle accident -- involving a dump truck -- last Saturday in the Town of Ellery.....  

State Police in Jamestown responded to the colllison on County Route 380 and 66 and learned 50 year-old Victor Luce, junior was traveling west on Route 66 when he reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign.  Troopers say the Reading man's Honda was struck by a 1997 model dump truck traveling north on 380.  The Chautauqua County Coroner pronounced Luce deceased at the scene.  Troopers were assisted in the investigation by the Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 25, 2019

Sunday afternoon and evening's high winds affected trees, power lines and utility poles in the city of Jamestown, causing scattered power outages across the city..... 

Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews were initially called out about 2 PM Sunday to deal with outages in parts of Celoron, West Ellicott, the Peck-Settlement Road, Buffalo Street Extension and Willard Street Extension.  Robbins says most everyone was restored by 7 PM last night.  A pole and transformer on Seventh Street in Celoron was knocked down by a falling tree and, crews had that repaired by mid-evening.  If you are experiencing any power loss issues, call the BPU Trouble Line at 661-1640.


A former Cattaraugus County woman -- now living in Buffalo -- was arrested during a traffic stop in Franklinville for allegedly trafficking illegal drugs.....  

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Franklinville Police Department pulled over 34 year-old Heidi Jankowiak on Route 16 early Saturday morning and, found her in possession of about 11 grams of crack-cocaine and three prescription pills used to treat hyperactivity.  Officers had a search warrant.  Jankowiak was arraigned in Freedom Town Court on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  The former Franklinville resident was then sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail with bail pending.  


Howling winds and falling temperatures didn't keep the fans of Four-H from attending the annual 'Green Tie Affair' at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville, Sunday evening.....

Kate Ewer, Four-H educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, was ecstatic, with just under 600 people in attendance.  The dinner is an important fund raiser, helping to sustain Four-H through the year and Kate Ewer says it appears they made the goal of $25,000,  earning $10,000 on pies, alone.  Four-H offers a wide variety of programming for hundreds of young people across Chautauqua County.  


There was no final resolution reported but, one of the Congressional members involved in U-S -- Chinese trade negotiations earlier this month is feeling positive about the latest round of talks between the two sides.....  

President Trump and Chinese trade officials held their latest negotiations last Wednesday and, local Congressman Tom Reed says he's optimistic that an agreement may be reached sooner rather than later.

No one has said whether there will be an agreement produced by this coming Friday's deadline, when new trade tariffs go in place on goods sent between the two counrties.  The president, along with U-S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, sat down with a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He, that country's top economic official.  The talks between Lighthizer and Liu were the second major meeting scheduled between the two countries since President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping hashed out a temporary truce at the G-20 summit in December. 


A fugitive from justice from northwestern Pennsylvania has been arrested during a traffic stop in the town of Mina for allegedly hitting an officer in the face.....  

Sheriff's deputies say they pulled over 25 year-old Steven Combs of Wattsburg on Route 426 about 11:30 last Friday night for an equipment violation.  Officers found Combs had an outstanding arrest warrent in Erie County, Pennsylvania but, when they tried to arrest him, Combs hit one of the deputies.  After a brief struggle, Combs was taken into custody and, was awaiting arrangment on charges including fugitive from justice, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, second-degree harassment, and unlicensed operation.


The Democratic governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon and Illinois are teaming up to fight a provision in the 2017 federal tax overhaul that they say is hurting their economies..... 

The five leaders met last Friday in Washington, D.C., to discuss efforts to urge Congress to repeal the law's $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes.  With the cap, residents in high-tax states could see substantial increases in federal taxes.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the cap could prompt wealthy residents to flee New York, contributing to a recent drop in state tax receipts.  New York is leading a lawsuit challenging the provision.  Republican President Donald Trump has praised the tax changes but says he's heard it's causing problems for some New Yorkers.


Governor Andrew Cuomo says Amazon's backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City is the "greatest tragedy" he has seen since he's been in government....  

Cuomo said on public radio station WAMC late last week that losing the Amazon deal makes him sick to his stomach.  Cuomo's public comments were his first on the topic since his office issued a statement February 14th, the day the Seattle-based internet retailer announced it was backing out of an agreement to redevelop a site in Queens.  Cuomo again blamed fellow Democrats who control the state Senate.  They include Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents the Long Island City neighborhood where Amazon wanted to base 25,000 jobs.  Emails requesting comment were sent to the offices of Gianaris and the Senate majority.

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News Update for Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

(**Alert)BPU dealing with outages in Celoron, West Ellicott and Jamestown....

Customers in the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities service area have been dealing with outages during today's wind storm.  However... BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says everyone should be back on by now.  She says that includes customers in Celoron, West Ellicott, the Peck-Settlement Road, Buffalo Street Extension and Willard St. Extension areas.  They should all have power as of 7 p.m. Sunday, except for 3-4 homes in Celoron.  A pole and transformer on Seventh Street in Celoron was knocked down by a falling tree; crews expect to have that outage repaired very soon.  Electric Division personnel were called out shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon for scattered outages caused by high winds that brought down at least one tree, one pole and power lines.

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News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 23, 2019

High Wind Warning now in effect for Sunday morning through Monday morning...
A major storm system will be taking aim on the entire region later this weekend... with some of the strongest wind gusts seen in some time.  The National Weather Service Friday upgraded our High Wind Watch to a Warning.  The High Wind Warning runs from 7 a.m. Sunday until Monday morning with wind gusts as high as 75 miles an hour.  Kirk Appfel is a meteorologist with the Weather Service's Buffalo Office... who says this will be the strongest wind storm we've seen in a while, and will at least exceed the 65 mph level for a warning.  Apffel says the winds will be strong enough to cause widespread power outages... similar to what happened a couple of years ago when winds speeds exceeded 80 mph in a few places at one time.  He says it’s a good idea to gather any loose items from outdoors.  Apffel says you should also make preparations for power outages that may last for days.


Jamestown couple arrested following physical domestic dispute...
A Jamestown husband and wife are jailed following physical domestic incident where police initially responded to a reported stabbing on the city's westside Friday afternoon.  Jamestown police were called to 307 West Eighth St. just after 3 p.m., and found that 28 year-old Eric, and 25 year-old Elizabeth Walz had gotten into a physical altercation.  Officers say Elizabeth is accused of hitting her husband in the back with a closed fist.  Later... Eric Walz allegedly choked his wife to the point where she lost consciousness, and he threw her cellphone against a wall.  Police say all this allegedly occured in front of a 7 year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy.  Both were arrested, and are being held pending arraignment.  Eric Walz faces charges including second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and second-degree stangulation... while Elizabeth is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.


Reed says he will vote against measure to block Trump's National Emergency Declaration...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he won't vote for a House measure to be voted on next week that would block the national emergency declaration that President Trump issued to fund his long-sought border wall with Mexico.  Majority Democrats introduced the resolution Friday... setting up a constitutional fight that could result in Trump's first veto.  Reed says his problem is the fact that Congress previously turned such authority to the president about 10 years ago... so he believes the president will be successful in court -- given the precident.  Officials say the Democratic-controlled House is sure to pass the measure... and, the Republican-run Senate may adopt it as well despite Mr. Trump's opposition.  Reed says he opposes what the president is doing... but, adds that the measure should also rescind "legacy" executive orders issued in previous years by President Barack Obama.  He says he would vote in favor of that. 


Reed touts high school, college programs that fuel interest in advanced manufacturing in Jamestown-area...
Finding better ways to connect high school students with college programs and where they are is part of the effort to fill open manufacturing jobs in the Jamestown-area.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who visited Chautauqua Lake Central School early Friday afternoon to see it's Manufacturing Club program in action.  Reed later visited the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College to see what it's doing to get those students hooked up with local companies... as well as older people looking to re-train themselves for new jobs.  Reed earlier visited a smaller manufacturer in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County... where they're having trouble filling jobs that start out at $65,000 to $75,000 a year.  The Corning Republican says it's important to get those students who show interest, and ability in local high school into STEM programming... and, then line them up with colleges where they can grow their skills, and network with local manufacturers. 


Community leaders meet in Dunkirk regarding proposed new location for Brooks-TLC Hospital...
Brooks-TLC hospital system officials held two meetings Friday with local and regional community leaders to discuss the future plans for the hospital, including the location of a new facility in the village of Fredonia.  Hospital system President and Chief Executive Officer Mary LaRowe, Board President Chris Lanski, and representatives of Kaleida Health took part in the meetings.  LaRowe says the discussion became "passionate" at times during the sessions... but, adds they heard the concern's expressed.  Hospital system Board President Chris Lanski says there are two major issues that were raised during the meetings... the first being providing for transportation for people who walk to the hospital, and access to the hospital from Route 20.  LaRowe says if the approval process remains on target, construction on a new hospital could get underway this spring.


More information released on fatal car-pedestrian accident involving Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim...
Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim tried to warn other cars with his cell phone light after striking and killing a man trying to make his way to the median of an interstate late Wednesday night.  Syracuse police say Boeheim struck 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez with his GMC Acadia on Interstate 690.  Police say Boeheim was trying to avoid hitting the disabled Dodge Charger, which was resting perpendicular on the interstate.  Authorities say it appears the car lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. 


 

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 22, 2019

A Steamburg man faces charges stemming from an investigation into a fatal motor vehicle accident in which a passenger was partially ejected from the vehicle....

Sheriff's Deputies say the crash occurred on Gerry Ellington Road shortly before 11:30 AM on February 15th and 41 year-old James Newell was operating the vehicle when it reportedly went off the road. As a result, 43 year-old Paul Newell died at the scene. James Newell has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, unsafe passing, failure to keep right and, speeding. He is to appear in Gerry Town Court at a later date. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the District Attorney's Office and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.


A Jamestown man and local attorney who ran for Congress last year has been endorsed by city Democrats to run for mayor this Fall.....  

Democratic Committee Chairman Jim Walton announced late last night that Eddie Sunquist is the committee's choice to replace the retiring Sam Teresi on the ballot.  Walton says -- "we are excited to endorse Eddie because of his commitment to Jamestown and its citizens.  As a Jamestown native and young professional in our community, Eddie will be a powerful advocate for our City, and I’m confident he will be a strong leader.”  Sundquist says he believes in "the strength of Jamestown and our ability to meet future challenges head on.  We are a city with a rich history and strong foundation, fueled by people who are passionate about this community."  Sundquist believes the city has "an exciting future ahead and I want to help us get there."
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In addition to Sundquist, the party has also nominated a full-slate of City Council candidates.  At-large candidates will include former Council President Greg Rabb, Tamu Graham-Reinhardt, and Taylor Scott.  In the First Ward, Tim Smeal will be the candidate, while Tom Vitale will run in Ward-Two.  In the Third Ward, incumbant Vickye James will run again, as will Maria Jones in Ward-Five, and Tom Nelson in the Sixth-Ward.  Incumbant City Council President Marie Carruba will again run in the Fourth-Ward.  Walton says Democrats also nominated County Legislator Chuck Nazzaro to run again in District 9 and, Bob Whitney in District 11.


A man from Warren, Pennsylvania man was hurt in a single-car accident in the village of Cassadaga yesterday morning......

Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on Dale Drive about 7:45 AM and, found the driver, 41 year-old Elizabeth Johnson of Warren, lost control on icy conditions.  Officers say Johnson's car went off the road and struck a tree.  Deputies say she refused treatment at the scene but, her passenger, 53 year-old Timothy Lahue, had to be flown by Starflight Helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment of a head injury.  The Cassadaga and Fredonia Fire Departments assisted at the scene.  Johnson was charged with speeding and, will appear in Pomfret Town Court at a later date.


The annual 'Green Tie Affair' to support Chautauqua County Four-H will be Sunday at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.....  

Kate Ewer, the Four-H Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, says they have more that 70 tables filled already, but they hope to sell a few more dinners and make the goal of $25,000.  If they reach that total, Four-H be able to close its funding gap and function fully and worry free for the rest of 2019.  Tickets will be available at the door for $25.  The barbequed chicken dinner starts at 5 PM Sunday, but there's a basket auction and bake sale beginning with 3.  Following the dinner is the famous Four-H pie auction.  Two well known and energetic auctioneers, Mike and Dakota Peterson, will be selling the pies this year.  This year's dinner has a Country-Western theme, with a DJ and a photo booth. Many members of Four-H will help at the event.


Chautauqua County officials are gearing for some potentially damaging winds that could hit the area on Sunday...... 

The National Weather Service has issued a High Watch Watch for Chautauqua and Erie counties from Sunday morning through Monday morning with wind gusts up to 75 miles an hour.  Cattaraugus County is also under High Wind Watch from Sunday morning to late Sunday night with wind gusts up 65 miles an hour.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says they are already preparing for what could become a major weather event.  Borrello is also encouraging local residents to prepare for power outages triggered by storm, which may become extended depending on the amount of damage. 

 
Chautauqua County will be getting some help from New York state to help fund the full renovation of the airport hangar at the County Airport near Jamestown....  

That from County Executive George Borrello after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced they'll be receiving about 902-thousand dollars for infrastructure upgrades, mainly to the hangar.  Borrello says it will be a key part of getting and keeping commercial air service in Jamestown.

Cuomo says the money is part of $3.1-million in infrastructure monies for Western New York airports to improve operations and safety, modernization facilities and, local business development.  All the projects -- statewide -- are being funded through the Governor's State Aviation Capital Grant Program initiative and, complement the Governor's Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition.  Borrello says the county will have to provide a 16-percent local match to access the grant in the coming months.


Jamestown's junior hockey team will be helping to raise money and bring awareness to breast cancer during this weekend's games at the Northwest Arena..... 

The Jamestown Rebels will host "Pink the Rink" Weekend both tonight and Saturday night.  On our Dennis Webster Show yesterday morning, Rebel's Communications Director Tommy Gerace said they'll be playing one of their East Division rivals both nights at 7:05 PM.

Gerace and, Play-by-Play Announcer and Community Relations Director Michael Wisienski say the team will be wearing specialty "pink" jerseys for both games and, those will later be auctioned off to raise funds for the WCA Foundation and, support breast cancer research and treatment.  Wisienski says the bigger event will be a live auction after Saturday night's game.  He says bidding for earlier items will take place both Friday and Saturday, and the winners will be announced Saturday night.  "Pink the Rink" is being sponsored by Great Lakes Physicians Practice in Jamestown.  For more information on the games, call 484-2624 or go on-line to Rebelshockey.US.


Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas will be among the community leaders that Brooks-TLC Hospital system officials will be meeting with on Friday to discuss plans for a new hospital.....  

Rosas announced that he will attend the meeting during Tuesday's Common Council meeting.  He told says he hopes to learn more about the move.  We have also learned that a number of community leaders have been invited to the meeting, including County Executive George Borrello.  The hospital system board recently announced plans to locate a new hospital on a site near East Main Street.  The proposed move has already sparked opposition from a number local residents and elected officials in the city of Dunkirk. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 21, 2019


The early closure of many schools, businesses and governments in several states appears to have helped stem complications from a winter storm plaguing much of the U-S since late yesterday.....  

That system dropped some sleet, rain and freezing rain in the Jamestown-area and slicked up roads and parking lots last night.  Elsewhere in the region, last night's evening rush hour went relatively smoothly despite slick roads.  The storm dropped only a few inches of snow on an area that has seen little of it this winter.  A spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic says it appears motorists heeded warnings to stay off roads.  But farther south of us, the snow was heavier, and crashes shut down part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The same system was dropping several inches on parts of the Midwest.  Thousands of flights nationwide were delayed or canceled.  Meanwhile, parts of the Deep South are experiencing flash flooding and other problems from heavy rains. Water covered roads in parts of Mississippi and Alabama.


A second Jamestown man has now admitted to trafficking siginificant amounts of methamphetimine through a local drug ring.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 27 year-old Ernest Clyburn Cauley, Junior entered the plea in U-S District Court in Buffalo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five-grams or more of methamphetimine.  Prosecutors say that between March and early November of 2017, the defendant conspired with co-defendant Zakiel Fields, and others, to sell meth in the Jamestown-area.  They say Cauley and Fields were the main suppliers of the drug to a trafficking organization that was being investigated by the FBI and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.  Both men were later arrested following a drug transaction in November of 2017 during which they received a quantity of methamphetamine.  Cauley faces at least 5 years in prison, up to a maximum of 40 years and, and up to a $5-million fine.


A Chautauqua County Legislator who has been Jamestown Republican Committee Chairman has been endorsed by city Republicans to run for mayor.....  

The panel met Tuesday night and, nominated David Wilfong to run for the seat, which will be vacated by long time Mayor Sam Teresi -- a Democrat -- at the end of the year.  Wilfong has served multiple-terms on the county legislature.  But, City GOP Chairman Brent Sheldon says he had expressed his desire to run to the committee and, he stood out for two reasons.

It's likely there will be a GOP Primary for the nomination after At-Large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo was nominated to run but, defeated in a vote of the committee.  Liuzzo, who is in his first-term on the City Council, has often sparred with Teresi, who is finishing out his fifth-term in office.  He has also sparred with members of his own party on council over several issues. 


With County Legislator David Wilfong and Councilman Andrew Liuzzo running for mayor this year, there have been some changes in candidates running for both panels....  

Brent Sheldon says there is little change in who's running for ward seats this year, led by himself in Ward-One.

We also learned this afternoon that Tony Dolce will be primaried in Ward-Two by Raven Thompson.  In addition to Kim Ecklund, Sheldon says they have two new candidates running for council at-large.  They include former Jamestown City Planner, and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Director, Greg Lindquist.  One other candidate has not yet confirmed with Sheldon that he will run.  Sheldon says the committee nominated three county legislators for re-election... but, now have to find another candidate to replace Wilfong.  They also nominated Elisabeth Rankin, and P-J Wendel for re-election.  Petitions to run for local and state office can be circulated, starting next week.


A Jamestown man is the second person to be indicted in connection with last month's armed robbery at the Stateline Grocery Store in Ripley.......  

Sheriff's officers say they arrested 24 year-old Dyquan Smith on warrants issued following indictments handed up by the Chautauqua County Grand Jury.  Back in January, the first man -- Tyler Bowen -- was arrested and charged in the case.  Smith is charged with four counts each of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery and one count of first-degree burglary.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $250,000 cash bail.  Deputies say the robber allegedly entered the store about 8:30 PM on January 14th and, displayed what appeared to be a hand-gun and demanded money.  He then allegedly sturck the clerk in the head with the weapon and, fled in a waiting vehicle.


Following a successful 2018 farmer's market season, the Jamestown Public Market is looking to take 2019 to the next level! 

That from Market Manager Linnea Carlson, who says the market will be using a new online marketplace-platform as winners in the "Farmers Market Coalition's National Farmers Week" Contest.

Over 200 markets across 39 states were represented in the contest. As a winner, Carlson says they get one-season's access to "Farmspread dot-org" which is utilized by markets to connect with farmers, and other food vendors and customers.  Carlson says vendors can apply and pay their market fees online as well by creating a free profile on Farmspread dot-org. She says the Jamestown Public Market is thrilled about the new partnership and, adds their 2019 season is scheduled to begin on June 9th on Cherry Street.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 20, 2019

A Sinclairville family is being helped by the local Red Cross after their home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night.... 

Chautauqua County Fire Investigators were called to 37 Park Street at 9 PM at the request of the Sinclairville Fire Department.  Investigators determined the flames originated along the south exterior wall, due to heat exposure from an inadequate chimney pipe in close proximity to wood siding.  Sinclairville received mutual aid from multiple neighboring fire departments. Four people were displaced from the residence. The Dunkirk Observer reports one firefighter was under observance for smoke inhalation.


A Jamestown man is accused of trafficking crack and powder cocaine following a mid-morning drug raid Tuesday on the city's southside..... 

Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 29 year-old Antonio Sanders, Junior was arrested about 8:45 AM as members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 162 McKinley Avenue.  Task Force agents say they found Sanders with a quantity of crack, and powder cocaine and, packaging material for selling illegal drugs.  Police say Sanders was also found with three small children inside the home.  He was arrested on several charges, including third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was jailed pending arraignment.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity, Samuelson says call their confidential tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.


No one was hurt when a car struck a cow in the middle of the road on Route 60 in Sinclairville Monday night and, burst into flames....

Sheriff's officers says they were called to the scene about 10:30 PM and, found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.  However... they say all the occupants were found safe at a nearby home.  Deputies say their investigation found the vehicle was northbound when the cow entered the roadway and, the car struck it.  Officers say the vehicle then caught fire, but, everyone inside was able to get out alright.  The cow perished in the accident.  Route 60 was closed from Gerry to Sinclairville for about an hour while the scene was cleared.  State Police and the Sinclairville, Gerry and Fluvanna fire crews assisted at the scene.


A new proposal by a freshman member of Congress from New York City would create a nationwide voter registry and, make Election Day a national holiday.....

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez includes both in Campaign Finance Reform that she has proposed.  However, it's being met with some skepticism on the part of many lawmakers, including local Congressman Tom Reed of Corning.  He says he supports some of the ideas she's expressed but, also wants to look at any plan in more detail.

Reed says, though, he also has concerns over any kind of "large federal take-over" of the voting process.  The Corning Republican says the voting process is one that's covered by state's rights.  Reed made his comments during a recent telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


New York's governor doesn't want state police to routinely release mug shots of criminal suspects, or arrest booking records about exactly what they are accused of doing....  

Andrew Cuomo's proposal is the latest by states aimed at curtailing the so-called "internet shaming industry"- websites that claim to be able to remove embarrassing information such as booking mug shots from the web for a fee.  Under Cuomo's proposal, unless there is a compelling law enforcement reason to do so, the public release of booking mugs and arrest information would be refused as "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."  Many journalists and civil libertarians are opposed to such measures, calling them an infringement on the public's right to know what the government is doing.


Several local projects are receiving funding through New York State's Regional Economic Development Council's Consolidated funding Application program....  

That's very good news to Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, who adds though, that officials want see even more projects funded this year.  Now that the CFA allows applicants to sending out letters of interest before submitting applications, those could very well improve the likelyhood that more local projects get funded.

Borrello adds, though, that letters of intent are not required to receive funding.  Chautauqua County did well in 2018, obtaining funding for four of the 16 priority projects that were selected by the Western New York regional council.  Borrello says he hopes 2019 is a banner year is for CFA submittals.


A Falconer woman was arrested for allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a home in the village early last Sunday morning...... 

Ellicott Town Police were called to a reported residential burglary at 3:30 AM and, were given a description of the female suspect. Officers were able to locate and identify her as Laurie Gullett. Once in custody, police allegedly found Gullett in possession of a small quantity of hydrocodone pills.  She was arraigned and sent to the county jail for third-degree burglary and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 19, 2019

A man from Mayville is jailed on multiple-Felony charges for allegedly trafficking methamphetimine and heroin and, selling it to undercover drug agents during a lengthy investigaton......  

Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force members say they arrested 42 year-old Harry Radke at a home in the village on several Felony warrants shortly after 9:00 Sunday night.  Task Force agents say Radke was found in possession of a quantity of meth. when he was arrested.  He was arraigned on charges including third-degree criminal sale, and possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession and, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Task Force agents continue to ask members of the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling their tipline at 1-800-344-8702 or 716-664-2420. 


There are still a lot of questions to be answered regarding the proposed legalization of recreational marijuana in New York state, including how municipal employers handle it.....  

That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says a number of issues were raised by the New York State Conference of Mayors when it recently met in Albany.  Teresi says one of the biggest issues is that the state will only be sharing about two-percent of the estimated $300-million in projected revenues with local counties.

Teresi says, while counties would receive two-percent of the revenue from sales, local towns, villages and cities would receive nothing, even though their police forces may have to hire more drug-recognition officers -- or have current ones trained.  He says there are also issues with employee contracts and, what kind of ways being under the influence of marijuana is determined for employees operating snowplow trucks, fire trucks, and other work.  On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program, he did say the state is still navigating through the legal and health issues regarding pot.


In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking a week off after a frenzied start to the 2019 session....  

The Senate and Assembly have gotten off to an unusually fast start in 2019, passing bills that strengthen gun control rules, codify abortion rights in state law, and relax the statute of limitations on child molestation.  When they return to Albany later this month they will turn their attention to a new state budget, which is due by April 1st.  Not all lawmakers are taking the week off, however.  The Senate has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in Manhattan to examine challenges facing transit agencies.  New York City's dilapidated subway system will likely dominate the discussion, but lawmakers say they will examine bus and rail systems throughout the state.


About 50 people braved the cold to take part in a Noon-time rally yesterday in Fredonia to oppose President Trump's use of a national emergency declaration for border security....  

The protest was one of hundreds held across the nation Monday.  Tina Rousa is with the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Women's Action Group that organized the local protest and, she says their goal was "to shine a light on democracy."

Rousa says a "State of Emergency" is something that should be "used judiscously."  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas was among those who attended the protest held at the gazebo.  He spoke out against funding the border wall and, that those opposed need to remain "strong and together." 


The nine newest members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame were inducted during last night's annual banquest at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and, a wide range of sports were recognized.....  

Among then was former Southwestern Track and Field stand-out Cheryl Bailey, who chaired NCAA Committees on women's soccer and basketball for many years.  Prior to retirement, Bailey was the director of the National Women's Professional Soccer League.

Two other women were inducted last night.  Tiffany Decker of Jamestown is still active in the sport of Trapshooting and was inducted into the New York State Trapshooting Hall of Fame last year, but, she says to become part of the local hall of fame is a "great honor."  The other female inductee was the late Luella Kye... who became the first female umpire east of the Mississippi River in 1961.  From Football was Dunkirk native Bob Palcic, who was a football coach in both the college and pro ranks.  Baseball was represented by long-time Fredonia Central School baseball coach Vince Gullo, whose teams have won two state titles.


A Randolph man was found with drugs in possession while allegedly driving without license in Jamestown last Friday night.....  

City police say they stopped a vehicle near Bush and Winsor Streets just before 8:30 PM and, determined that the operator -- 49 year-old Terrance Jackson --  was driving while intoxicated.  Further investigation revealed Jackson had marijuana and narcotics in the vehicle.  He was taken into custody on several charges including DWI, first-degre aggravated unlicensed operation and drug possession. Jackson is being held pending arraignment. 


An Ashville man has been arrested on a warrant for allegedly being in possession of stolen property.....  

Sheriff's deputies conducted a weekend warrant check at a home on Open Meadows Road in the town of North Harmony and took 33 year-old Curtis Hewes into custody for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  Hewes was arrested without incident, and arraigned before being taken to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail to be set.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 18, 2019

A Buffalo-area man suffered minor injuries after the tractor-trailer he was driving went into a ditch on County Route 380 in the town of Kiantone and rolled onto it's side......  

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene just after 6 AM last Saturday and, found the truck -- which was delivering for Tops Markets -- off the westside of the roadway.  Deputies say the driver, 52 year-old Shawn Mellott of Kenmore, was southbound when the truck went off the side of the road and slid into the deep ditch.  Officers say Mellott suffered a non-life threatening head injury and was treated at the scene.  The road was closed for about four hours while the truck was up righted.  Charges are pending against Mellott.


The 33rd annual President's Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville may have been the best yet!  

That was the feeling of officials and people attending the two-and-a-half day event at Lakeside Park as it wound down yesterday afternoon.  Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce President Sally Andriaccio says they were very pleased to put on more events this year... and, people from across the region responded.

Andriaccio says merchants in Mayville were also very pleased.  She was able to survey a number of them Sunday morning, and they were happy with the added traffic and activity.  Andriaccio says the one area they need to address before next year, with added events, is the need for more volunteers to help out.  Of course, the main attraction of the yearly event -- an ice castle -- was constructed this year just over a week prior to the festival's start.  Andriaccio says the crew -- led by her husband Nick -- wasn't able to start when they wanted because of the recent warm-up. 


All recipients of food stamps in New York will receive their March benefits a week earlier than scheduled.....  

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the early release is to ease the burden on those who stretched February's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits during the federal government shutdown.  The Democrat says all SNAP recipients will get next month's benefits no later than March 7th to mitigate hardships caused by the so-called "SNAP gap."  The federal government directed states to issue February SNAP benefits three weeks earlier than normal to ensure enough funding was available during the shutdown.  That meant recipients needed to make sure February's benefits lasted for more than six weeks.


Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says he's hopeful the owner of the former Grants Building in Jamestown, and tenant Jamestown Brewing Company, can resolve a dispute over the brewery's delayed opening.......  

Teresi says the decision by Jamestown Brewing to file a pending lawsuit against G Patti Enterprises is unfortunate but, he adds the project does continue to move forward.  Otherwise, Teresi would not comment on the suit filed in State Supreme Court.

Teresi adds, though, that the fact the project is still moving forward, is a good sign.  However, he says there will be a delay from what was hoped to be an early March opening.  Teresi says a late March or early April opening is more likely.  The Jamestown Brewing Company at 115-121 West Third Street was proposed by the father and son team of John and John McClellan of Buffalo.  John McClellan, Junior -- the son -- said in a report in the Jamestown Post-Journal that they believe they could still be open by March 4th.  


Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing to close three New York state prisons and make other cost-cutting moves to close what he says is a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall caused by a decrease in tax revenues....  

The Democrat late last week issued his revenue re-estimates and amendments to the $175-billion spending plan he released to the Legislature on January 15th.  The changes include a plan to this year close three prisons to be chosen after a review by state corrections officials.  Cuomo says the state's inmate population has dipped below 47,000, the lowest in 30 years.  The governor says the closures won't result in staff layoffs. The budget revisions come as Cuomo deals with a $2.6-billion revenue reduction he blames on changes Republicans in Congress made to the federal tax code last year.


The most recent Siena College poll says New York voters support several significant proposals working their way through the state Capitol.....  

The survey released last week finds that nearly 70 percent of respondents back the recently passed Child Victims Act.  It would extend the statute of limitations to give molestation victims more time to sue or seek criminal charges. Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will sign the measure.  The poll also finds majority support for new gun control measures and a law banning discrimination based on a person's gender identity.  The survey had worse news for Cuomo.  Half of respondents express unfavorable views of the Democratic governor, his worst marks since taking office.  The February 4th through 7th telephone survey of 778 registered voters has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.


A woman faces a second-degree harassment charge following an incident earlier this month in the town of Ellicott....  

Ellicott Town Police say they took 34 year-old Jennifer Stewart into custody late last week in connection with an alleged assault that occured on February 8th.  Officers accuse Steward of hitting another person several times during the incident.  She was issued appearance tickets for Ellicott Town Court at a later date.
 

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News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

One killed, another seriously hurt in single-car accident in town of Gerry...
One man was killed... while another was seriously hurt... in a one-car crash late Friday morning on the Gerry-Ellington Road in the town of Gerry.  Sheriff's deputies say 43 year-old Paul Newell of Steamburg was a passenger in the car... which went off the road shortly before 11:30 a.m., and crashed.  Officers say Newell was partially ejected from the vehicle... and, pronounced dead at the scene.  Deputies say the driver, 41 year-old James Newell -- also of Steamburg -- was extricated from the wreckage... and, flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Officers say charges are pending depending on the outcome of County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Offices.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction Team... Gerry and Sinclairville Fire Departments... and the County Coroner’s Office.


Details still sketchy on overturned grocery truck near Falconer...
Police cleared the scene of a tractor-trailer rollover crash on the Peck-Settlement Road near Falconer late this morning.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers say officers were called to the scene about 6:15 this morning... and, found the Tops Markets rig rolled over.  Traffic in that area was reduced to one land for a time to clear the scene.  No injuries have been reported.  More when it becomes available.


Second man indicted in connection with Jan. 30 drive-by shooting in Jamestown...
A second person has now been indicted in connection with a drive-by shooting in Jamestown late last month that seriously wounded one of three people on a street corner.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury issued the indictment for 19 year-old Cory Johnson earlier this week.  Samuelson says... like the other person indicted -- 30 year-old Rasul Bonds -- Johnson is charged with three counts of attempted murder... and, one count of first-degree assault.  Samuelson says both Bonds and Johnson were arrested late last week... and, Bonds was indicted first, then Johnson.  Bonds was jailed on $150,000 cash bail... while Johnson was arraigned... and, jailed on $200,000 cash... $400,000 property bond.  Samuelson says they are pleased to have both suspects off the streets after trying -- literally -- to kill three people.  He says the investigation is continuing.. but, adds that both Bonds and Johnson were allegedly targeting the three people fired upon at North Main and West Ninth Streets just before 3 a.m. on Jan. 30.  The victim was struck by one round in the face.  


Chautauqua County not likely to be among counties granting property tax deadline due to Winter storms...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is extending a property tax deadline for residents in certain areas that were especially hard hit by recent winter storms.  However... while the governor included Chautauqua County in the executive order... it will not be.  That from County Attorney Stephen Abdella... who says there was no "chief executive request" for the county -- or affected towns.  The order will give a 21-day extension to residents in dozens towns in several upstate counties.  The impacted municipalities all had property tax deadlines during or shortly after recent winter storms.  Extensions were given to four entire counties:  Chautauqua... Cayuga... Jefferson, and St. Lawrence.  However... again the extensions will not take effect in Chautauqua County.


President's Day Weekend Winter Festival underway...
Two full days of Winter-time activites are underway at this weekend's 33rd annual President's Day Weekend Winter Festival at Lakeside Park in Mayville.  Officials say there is also an ice castle... which was lighted last night.  That from Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce President Sally Andriaccio... who says they also announced the festival's King and Queen, and had the usual Friday night bon-fire.  Andriaccio says the big day will again be today... and, adds that admission is free.  She says parking is $5 and will benefit local youth sports teams.  As for the ice castle... Andriaccio says they got some major help from our frigid cold snap that occured in late January... and, they wound up with 6-inch thick ice blocks -- even with our recent warm-up.  Andriaccio says they'll have the annual fireworks display in the park at 8 p.m. tonight.  Activities in the park start at 10 a.m. both today and Sunday... and, there'll be some new activites... including a Kid's Tent that will include several events.  For more information... go to the festival Facebook page... or to the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce's website.


Schumer-Gillibrand announce national designation for Comedy Center is approved in U.S. Senate...
Jamestown's National Comedy Center is one step closer to becoming the nation's official "Center of Comedy" following U-S Senate approval of the measure.  New York Sentors Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand this afternoon announced the panel approved the designation as part of the 2019 "Lands Package."  They says the center... which was partially built to honor the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball... "will serve as a landmark that celebrates America’s rich comedic history."  The measure waits action in the House of Represenatives, where local Congressman Tom Reed is the sponsor.

 
 

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WJTN News for Feb. 15, 2019

Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly trafficking crack-cocaine in the city that has also been found to contain Fentanyl in it....  

That from Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson, who says resident tips and complaints are being credited with helping the Metro Drug Task Force break-up an operation at 42 West 10th Street Thursday afternoon.  Samuelson says members of the task force raided an upstairs apartment about 2:30 PM and, arrested 32 year-old Ryan Stills and 55 year-old Warren Dinkens.  Samuelson says they were using the apartment strictly to sell drugs.

Samuelson says drug agents were assisted by the New York state Police K-9 unit in executing the search warrant, which helped officers find a quantity of crack, found to contain traces of Fentanyl, as well as drug paraphernalia.  He says both Stills and Dinkens are jailed pending arraignment on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, other charges may be pending.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity in the city, contact the task force at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  He says you can also confidentially contact them on their Tips 4-1-1 app.


A Jamestown man wanted for failure to appear in court has been arrested for allegedly having drugs and a large amount of money in his possession....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says city police took 24 year-old Jesse Nahrebeski into custody early yesterday afternoon on a city court bench warrant.  Samuelson says Nahrebeski failed to appear on a driving while ability impaired charge and, he was allegedly found with six-grams of a Fentanyl-Methamphetimine mixture.  He was also allegedly found with more than 11-thousand dollars cash in his possession.  Samuelson says Nahrebeski is being held pending arraignment on one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity in Jamestown is asked to contact the anonymous tips-line at 483-TIPS. You can also contact the Tips 4-1-1 app.


Jamestown's mayor is blasting the U-S Department of Transportation's decision to reject Chautauqua County's bid to get a new commercial air carrier into the County Airport near Jamestown....  

Sam Teresi says the "fight is not over" to bring Boutique Air -- or some other carrier -- into the facility.  Teresi calls the decision to not accept the application by the county, along with Boutique Air, a setback to growing the local economy.

Teresi also took a parting shot at the last air service provider, Southern Airways, which couldn't keep passenger numbers up because they were cancelling two-thirds to three-quarters of their daily flights into, and out of Jamestown.  He says you can't keep passenger counts up when that happens.  In short, Teresi says Southern was providing "rotten" service to Jamestown.  But, he praised County Executive George Borrello and Congressman Tom Reed for their continuing efforts to bring in a new commercial carrier.  He remains hopeful that a more detailed application will be accepted by the U-S DOT.


It should feel a lot more like Winter for this weekend's 33rd annual President's Day Weekend Winter Festival at Lakeside Park in Mayville...  

And, there will be an ice castle as this year's centerpiece.  That from Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce President Sally Andriaccio, who says the castle is ready -- thanks to our frigid temperatures a couple of weeks ago.

Andriaccio says the castle will be officially lighted tonight at 6 PM in the park.  The President's Day Weekend Winter Festival will feature some new events this year, including a beer and wine tent and, a children's activity tent.   The festival runs through Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Park.


It's National American Heart Month, which promotes education and prevention of heart disease.....  

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion says 1 in 4 Americans die from heart disease each year.  Megan Barone with the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Foundation says they're celebrating heart month with the 8th annual Strike Out Heart Disease bowling event at Jamestown Bowling Company.  Barone says proceeds benefit patients at the Cardiac Rehab Center at UPMC Chautauqua.  One patients is Jamestown's Cody Krandall, who received a heart transplant after a virus unexplainably attacked his original heart. The 25 year-old says his experience has opened doors to awareness of becoming an organ donor. He says New York state has "long had poor participation in organ donor programs.  He says healthy people have the chance to give people a "second chance at life."  Brenda Fitzgerald is the head of the Cardiac Rehabiliation Center at UPMC Chautauqua, which has helped numerous heart patients like Cody.  Again, to sign up for the 2019 Strike Out Heart Disease bowling event on Feb. 24, call Megan Barone at 664-8423.


A new exhibit at the state Capitol tells the story of New York's diverse people through images and objects reflecting 400-plus years of immigration and assimilation....
  
The "People of New York" exhibit now open in the East Gallery of the Capitol's second floor features six sections that explore themes illustrating how diversity began in New York and continues today.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says the exhibit highlights the contributions leaders from various races, ethnicities and religions have made across New York.  The Democrat says while the Trump administration "continues to fan the flames of division," the exhibit shows how New York's differences are the state's greatest strength.  Displays include contemporary Native American artwork, photographs of historical and contemporary figures, and archival material.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 14, 2019

A Texas man who was a former coach of a local junior hockey team has been arrested for allegedly receiving and distributing child pornography on the Internet.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Wednesday that 32 year-old Travis Sanders of North Richland Hills, Texas -- formerly of Jamestown -- was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receipt and distribution of child pornography.  The prosecutor in the case says Homeland Security Investigations received a report from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Child Exploitation Center that a person was communicating with a person with the username “Damion Forsberg” on Skype.  The report indicated that “Forsberg” regularly shared pornography that sometimes included children in the content and, was believed to reside in Buffalo or the state of Florida.  Subsequent investigation determined that "Forsberg" was actually the defendant, who resided at the time in Jamestown.  He was an assistant coach of the Southern Tier Xpress during that time.  Police seized Sanders’ laptop and cellular telephone. A forensic examination of the defendant's laptop computer revealed images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Anyone with information on the case should contact the Buffalo Homeland Security Office at 464-6070, you can also call the Child Advocacy Program at 338-9844.  Kennedy says the charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.


Local Congressman Tom Reed is also expressing disappointment over the U-S Department of Transportation's rejection of restoring commercial air service to the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown.....  

But, at the same time, the Corning Republican says he is optimistic that -- following discussions with DOT officials -- they will be successful on re-applying for Essential Air Service.  During his weekly media conference call Wednesday morning, Reed said they are still early in the process with regional carrier Boutique Air.

Reed says he has also spoken with DOT officials and, says they have been very good about letting officials know what additional information is needed.  He says Boutique Air has been a good partner through the process, and they will be moving forward.  Reed also praised the efforts of County Executive George Borrello, who has been working to get the Essential Air Service program back to the County Airport.  That service was pulled early last year, after the DOT warned the county and previous air carrier that they needed better passenger numbers for funding to continue.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he hasn't seen all the details of a new continuing resolution to keep the government funded after this Friday.... 

However, Reed says he's inclined to back the deal, which would avoid another partial shut-down.  At the same time, he says there is money for border security measures, including funding for a "border barrier."

According to national media reports, the funding is about $1.4-billion, which is much less than what President Trump had wanted.  The president is signaling that he will scrounge up money for his promised border wall by raiding other funds that have not be used up to now.  Reed says that's whats called "re-programming" in Washington, where funding is shifted from one pot to another priority.  The president said Tuesday he would need more time to study the plan but, he also declared he was not expecting a shutdown to take place this weekend.  He has been under mounting pressure from fellow Republicans -- especially in the U-S Senate -- to accept the compromise.


Officials in western New York say high winds may have caused a United Airlines plane to hit a jet bridge at the Buffalo airport as it was departing for Newark, New Jersey....  

An airport spokeswoman says none of the 158 people on board Flight 1442 were hurt Wednesday morning.  The accident is under investigation.  Winds of nearly 60 miles an hour had been recorded earlier Wednesday.  A winter storm warning was still in effect last night for much of New York state.  Many school districts either remained closed or had two-hour delays during the second day of the messy storm.  As much as 5 inches of snow fell in some parts of the state on Tuesday. 


Talks are continuing between officials with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.....  

During last year's campaign, new Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone stated that he would like to see the county return to having one task force.  But, Quattrone recently said that communications has improved between the two groups and Dunkirk Police Chief David David Ortolano says the talks have included discussions about a program to serve the north county area.

Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers hopes at least some of the discussions will lead the village board to adding an officer to the Fredonia department.  The officer could be assigned to the task force.  Meyers says Mayor Athenesia Landis has been supportive and, has put the added officer into her latest budget proposal.  However, he says the village board has previously taken it out.  Ortolano says further meetings are expected as the dialogue continues.


The Cuomo administration's top economic development official is defending the deal to bring one of Amazon's second headquarters to New York City....  

Empire State Development head Howard Zemsky told lawmakers at a state budget hearing in Albany Tuesday that the 25,000 to 40,000 jobs Amazon is promising for Queen's Long Island City neighborhood is an "unprecedented number" for New York state.  The deal New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo brokered with Seattle-based Amazon calls for the company to receive about $3 billion in city and state subsidies.  Business and neighborhood leaders from Queens joined two Amazon officials in Albany Tuesday to voice support for the project, which is being opposed by some members of the state Senate and New York City Council.
 

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WJTN Headlines for Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

U.S. DOT rejects Chautauqua Co. and Boutique's proposal to restore commercial air service to Jamestown Airport...
Local officials are expressing deep disappointment over the U.S. Department of Transporation's decision to reject Chautauqua County's bid to restore commercial air service at the Jamestown Airport.  County Executive George Borrello... who has been working with Boutique Air to restore service between Jamestown and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania... says, though, the DOT has left the door open for a revised application, and he says they've been talking with DOT about what needs further detail or clarification, and quickly re-submitting it.  Borrello says that process of reapplying may take about two weeks or more... but, he says the DOT has "left the docket open."  He says that means they can apply sooner rather than later.  Borrello says he spoke Monday with Boutique Air's President and Chief Executive Officer, Shawn Simpson, who re-emphasized his commitment to bringing commercial air service back to Jamestown.  He also says Simpson will also work on further developing ways to improve ridership. 


Boy Scout Leader from Lakewood accused of sexually assaulting young scout in 2017...
A boy scout leader from Lakewood will be going to trial on charges he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy during a 2017 event near Meadville, Pennsylvania.  The Post-Journal... citing a report in the Meadville Tribune... says 74 year-old Donald Shriver, waived his preliminary hearing before a District Magistrate.  The paper said Shriver was the victim’s scout leader at the time of event August 18 -- 20, 2017, at Camp Chickasaw, located in East Mead Township, Pennsylvania.  Shriver is accused of touching the boy’s genitals, and attempting to touch the boy’s genitals during the event.  He is charged with third-degree corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minor -- which are felony offenses.  In addition, Shriver faces first-degree misdemeanor charges of indecent assault of a person under 13, endangering the welfare of children and criminal attempt at indecent assault of a person under 13.  He was released on $25,000 unsecured bond... pending a May trial date.


Wind Advisory in effect for Chautauqua County...
It's expected to be a windy day through the day today across Chautauqua County, and much of the region.  The National Weather Service is continuing a Wind Advisory through 10 p.m. tonight.  Meteorologist Dave Zaff in Buffalo says wind speeds will be picking up and may cause some problems across the area... and, there will be some lake-enhanced blowing snow.  He says we see a lull on Thursday before the next storm system moves in on Friday.  Snowfall totals today may be 1 to 2 inches across the area... but Zaff says there will be some blowing snow that could make travel difficult... and, may trigger some power outages.


Jamestown sets new record for Sales Tax revenues...
The city of Jamestown has once again been able to beat it's projected sales tax revenues for the just-completed year... with another record amount collected.  City Comptroller Joe Bellitto told the Finance Committee that the city has a "surprisingly good" fourth-quarter... bringing in $1.56-million over the final three months of 2018.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says that means Jamestown brought in just over $6.4-million, which is about $434,000 more than was budgeted.  Dolce says -- though -- they are sticking with the current projection for 2019 of $6.2-million.  Dolce says the city received just over $6.1-million in sales tax revenues in 2017 after budgeting for $6-million even.  Bellitto says that means last year's increase was about $325,000 over 2017 -- or a 5.3-percent increase. 


Pennies 4 Paws underway at Chautauqua County Humane Society...
Looking to continue to provide services to animals that come to their shelter, the Chautauqua County Humane Society kicked off their 14th annual Pennies for Paws campaign Tuesday.  Humane Society Community Relations Director Brian Papalia says they have 60 businesses partnering with them so far and are looking to add more school, community and other groups.  Brian says it costs about $600 a week to feed the animals at the humane society and in foster care. The funds collected through Pennies for Paws will help supply food, shelter, medical care and training supplies to the animals.  Papalia says the familiar change jars from years past will be spread out throughout the area until the end of April.  The Pennies 4 Paws campaign hopes to collect 1.5 million pennies....  or $15,000 this year.  For more information, go on-line to spcapets.com or call 665-2209. 

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News Bulletin for Tues., Feb. 12, 2019

From Chautauqua County Executive's office... U-S DOT rejects proposal to restore commercial air service to County Airport near Jamestown...

JAMESTOWN, N.Y.: -- Chautauqua County and the City of Jamestown were notified on Friday, February 8th by the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) that the joint proposal by Boutique Air and Chautauqua County to re-establish commercial air service between Jamestown and Pittsburgh was not approved.  In justification of the decision, the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs cited the underwhelming performance record of commercial air carriers to the Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport in recent years and the availability of commercial air service alternatives at public airports in Buffalo, N.Y. and Erie, PA.  In its Order rejecting the proposed route between Jamestown and Pittsburgh International Airport, the U.S. Department of Transportation did not foreclose other commercial air service options and expressly left the docket open for future action.  We just heard back from Mr. Borrello's office, and will have more on our 5 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6 pm WJTN News.

 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 12, 2019

One person is jailed on $150,000 cash bail for allegedly firing the shots that struck one of three people during an alleged drive-by shooting in Jamestown late last month.... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury has handed up a three-count indictment against 30 year-old Rasul Bonds in connection with the incident, which occured near the intersection of North Main and West Ninth Streets shortly before 3 AM on January 30th.  Samuelson says one person was struck in the face, and seriously hurt, while two others escaped injury.  He says Bonds was arraigned on three counts of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree assault and, sent to the county lock-up.  Samuelson says the investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are pending.


The city of Jamestown's Department of Development has put together an on-line form that will allow the public to help it find "zombie properties" in the city's neighborhoods.....  

That from Director Vince DeJoy, who first outlined the process for the City Council's Housing Committee last night.  During the later work session, Committee Chairwoman Vickye James says an resident can go to the city's website and, click on the "Report Vacant Property" picture on the homepage.

DeJoy says his office wants to know the properties by March 8th.  He says that's when they'll be submitting all their information to the state to obtain grant funding for legal help for people living in a home that's going through foreclosure.  DeJoy adds they'll also be working with lenders to get vacant zombie properties cleaned up, if there are exterior housing code violations.  The lender would then have to pay for those.  As for the state grant, he says the city can apply for up to $200,000.


Another winter weather system is beginning to impact western New York this week, with snow and mixed precipitation expected through the day today....  

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from Midnight until 10 PM tonight for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  Meteorologist Dave Zaff with the National Weather Service said late Monday that a wintry mix could make travel difficult at times.

Zaff says snow and mixed precipitation is expected with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch and winds gusting as high as 45 miles an hour.  He says the winds may be strong enough to bring down tree branches and result in isolated power outages.   


A Sinclairville man has been arrested on multiple warrants and for being in possession of drugs during a check of a home in the village last weekend....  

Sheriff's officers say they found 26 year-old Ryan Baker inside and, he was arrested without incident and, found with a quantity of a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia.  The warrants were issued by Lakewood-Busti Police.  Baker was arraigned on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and, jailed on $36,000 cash bail.


A Dunkirk man is facing multiple felony charges following an investigation into a residential burglary in the First Ward area dating back to last July.....  

Dunkirk Police say that 25-year-old Bryan Ramos was served arrest warrants on Friday for second-degree burglary, fourth degree grand larceny and, criminal possession of stolen property.  The warrants were obtained in late August for the July 30th burglary.  Ramos is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail on $80,000 cash bail pending a preliminary hearing in Dunkirk City Court.

 
Chautauqua County officials have taken another major step towards a federal feasibility study that could help open up more funding sources to deal with issues on Chautauqua Lake....  

County Executive George Borrello and others recently met with officials from the U-S Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh to discuss what the study would involve.  Borrello says the lake study was included in the American Water Infrastructure Act recently approved by Congress.

Borrello says he's been joined in the meetings by County Legislator Pierre Chagnon and, Watershed Coordinator Dave McCoy.  He says the study will focus on two major issues:  Flood mitigation and, Habitat Restoration.  Borrello says that will also cover the impact of phospherous on invasive weeds and algal blooms, as well as local wildlife.  Borrello says the study itself could cost up to $500,000.  The effort has the full support of local Congressman Tom Reed.  Borrello made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


A Jamestown teenager was arrested  for allegedly breaking a window during a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon.....  

City police responded to 221 East Eighth Street just before 4:30 PM and, determined a verbal argument occurred between an unidentified male victim and a 17 year-old female.  At one point, officers say the teen allegedly punched a window of the residence, causing the glass to break.  She was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and is being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 11, 2019

Two of Stand-Up Comedy's biggest stars will headline the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown from August 7th through 11th.....  

National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson has announced that Sebastian Maniscalco and John Mulaney will both appear on stage at the Northwest Arena, Mulaney on Friday, August 9th, and Maniscalco on Saturday, August 10th.  Gunderson says they are two of the most "in-demand" comics in America.  She says Mulaney is one of her favorite comedians, but, adds that Maniscalco is probably the "hottest comedian" in the U-S right now.

Gunderson adds that Mulaney was recently named "one of the best stand-up comics alive" by Entertainment Weekly.  Tickets for their performances will go on pre-sale for National Comedy Center members only -- starting Wednesday, February 20th at 12 Noon and, on-line at ComedyCenter.org.  Public on-line sales begin this Friday, February 22nd at Noon.


Lawmakers trying to work out a border security compromise in Congress to avert another partial government shut-down clashed yesterday over whether or not to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain.... 

The news comes as Friday deadline is quickly approaching.  However, a deal would have to be struck today for legislation to take it's normal path, and be acted on by the end of the week.  While in Jamestown last Friday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he believes a deal will be struck.

Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama is the main Republican leader on the bi-partisan, 17-member committee trying to strike a border security deal.  Schumer insisted there won't be a shut-down again because lawmakers -- including many Republicans -- don't want to go through another one.  He says the government should not be holding federal workers "hostage" over one aspect of one department in the government.  More than 800,000 of those workers went without pay for 35-days during the last shut-down.  Late Sunday, the two sides remained separated by hundreds of millions of dollars over how much to spend on President Trump's promised border wall. 


In New York state government news, criminal justice reforms pushed for years by Democrats could be passed by the Legislature soon.....  

And the deal to bring one of Amazon's headquarters to Queens is expected to get plenty of discussion in back-to-back budget hearings.  The criminal justice bills are among the top items on the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate's agendas this year, including one that would eliminate cash bail and another that would speed up getting cases to trial.  Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to testify at Monday's public hearing on local government funding.  The Amazon deal will is expected to be a main topic of discussion then and again Tuesday, when the budget hearing on economic development is held.


A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly setting fire to the home he lived in and, seriously hurting one other person living there....  

City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to a two-family home at 105 Weeks Street about 11:30 PM Friday and, found a lot of fire in the front of the house, and, that someone was trapped inside.  Finson says the man was able to get himself out of the house and, he was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment, then sent to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  Finson says crews were at the scene for several hours to get the fire out, and then check hot spots.

Finson says most crews were at the scene until about 3:30 AM Saturday battling the flames, and the windy and bitterly cold temperatures.  The Department of Development was called in and the building was torn down.  No other injuries were reported but, a dog perished in the fire.  The man accused of setting the fire, 49 year-old Danny Phanco, lives at the 105 Weeks Street address.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says Phanco was arraigned on charges including second-degree arson, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment.


Combustables too close to a space heater is the apparent cause of last Friday's first house fire on Jamestown's eastside, which also destroyed the building....  

Deputy Fire Chief Sam Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 281 Willard Street -- near Johnson and Ensign Streets -- about 2:15 PM Friday.  Salemme says crews found a lot of smoke and flame coming from the structure on arrival and, an off-duty shift was called in to help due to the heavy smoke and fire.  He adds the cold temperatures and strong winds made fighting the flames difficult.  Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson told us later that an occupant inside the building got out before firefighters arrived, and she was treated for minor burns.  Salemme adds it took some time to bring the flames under control and, the back roof of the building collapsed.  The home was later torn down.


New York school districts say they need more bus drivers.... 

A report released Thursday says a shortage of drivers is the top concern of 60 percent of school transportation directors, and an additional 23 percent of districts consider it a major problem.  The report was a joint effort by the New York State School Boards Association, New York Association for Pupil Transportation and National Association for Pupil Transportation.  The groups say federal and state requirements have made obtaining a commercial driver license more costly and time-consuming.  They say more testing sites and expanded testing times would help.  The report says some districts have had to put mechanics on driver duty and that driver shortages can also mean lengthy rides, late arrivals and cancelled field trips.


The Cuomo administration's top environmental conservation officer isn't resigning after all......  

Basil Seggos announced last November that he would step down as commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation in early 2019.  But, late this week, Seggos announced he has decided to continue as DEC commissioner after realizing he would "forever regret" his decision to leave the agency.  The announcement comes two weeks after several lawmakers at the state budget hearing on environmental conservation praised Seggos for his service while leading the agency since 2015.  Before that he was Cuomo's top environmental policy adviser as the governor's deputy secretary for the environment.  In his statement announcing he was staying on, Seggos said New York is a national leader on environmental issues and "this is no time to step out of the fight."


A civil rights group representing families of four 12-year-old girls who claim they were strip searched for drugs in school is demanding an apology and other measures from an upstate New York school district....  

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund sent a letter to the Binghamton City School District last Thursday.  It says actions by a middle school principal and nurse on January 15th violated the constitutional rights of the girls, who are black.  The district has said the girls had a medical evaluation but weren't strip searched. It has hired a law firm to investigate independently.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked the state Education Department to launch a probe.  The School Administrators Association of New York State is asking the community to reserve judgment until the investigations are completed.

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News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

City police make arrest in arson fire that destroys home at 105 Weeks Street... 
An arson fire has destroyed a second home in the city of Jamestown within two-days... and, one person is being treated for serious burns at a regional hospital.  City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to a two-family home at 105 Weeks St. about 11:30 p.m. Friday... and, found a lot of fire, and that someone was inside.  Finson says there was heavy fire in the front part of the two-story structure, and they also learned a person was trapped in in the second-floor of the house.  He says the unidentified man was able to get himself out of the house... and, he was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment... then sent to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.   He says crews then battled the flames... along with wind and bitter frigid temperatures.  Finson says it took a while to bring the blaze under control... and one crew was left at the scene until about 6 a.m. to watch for hot spots before the Department of Development was able to have the structure torn down.  No other injuries were reported... but, a dog perished in the fire.  The man accused of setting the fire... 49 year-old Danny Phanco... lived at the 105 Weeks Street address.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says Phanco is charged with second-degree arson, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment... and is jailed without bail.


Firefighters battle flames earlier in the day at Willard Street home... 
Jamestown fire officials say a blaze that destroyed a single-family home on Jamestown's eastside... which left one person hurt... was caused accidently.  Deputy City Fire Chief Sam Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 281 Willard St. -- near Johnson and Ensign Streets -- about 2:15 p.m. Friday.  Salemme says crews found a lot of smoke and flame coming from the structure on arrival.  He says an off-duty shift was called in due to the heavy smoke and fire.  He adds the cold temperatures and strong winds made fighting the flames difficult.  Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson later told us that an occupant inside the building got out before firefighters arrived, and she was treated for minor burns.  Salemme adds it took some time to bring the flames under control... and, the back roof of the building collapsed.  Finson says cause is combustables too close to a space heater.


Quattrone says more consideration needs to be given before lawmakers vote on legalizing recreational marijuana.  He remains totally opposed to it...
Sheriffs around the state are voicing their opposition to making recreational marijuana legal in the Empire State.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says he supports the New York State Sheriff's Association position opposing the legalization.  Quattrone cited several reasons, including an increased in costs to police agencies.  Among the concerns...a need for more drug recognition officers.  He says there are only four that are certified in Chautauqua County.  However... police agencies are also facing the question of whether K-9s trained to search for pot would have to be retired because they are trained to detect cannibus.  Another concern deals with the testing of employees at the Sheriff's Office itself... whether they are patrol officers, or work in the jail.  He says pot can remain in a person's system for up to 30 days.  Quattrone says stats from a study on the legalization of marijuana in Colorado shows an increase in drugged driving, traffic deaths and crime rates. 


Schumer announces National Comedy Center will soon have federal designation as the United State's "center of comedy..."
The National Comedy Center in Jamestown is just steps away from being designated as the nation's "center of comedy."  That from U-S Senator Charles Schumer of New York... who stopped at the Comedy Center Friday morning to announce those final steps.  He says the measure should pass in both the House and Senate should take place the next two weeks... and, then it goes to the President's desk, and should be signed by Mr. Trump.  Schumer was joined by several local officials in making the announcement.  He says the designation is part of Congress's Lands Bill that was approved in a procedural vote in the Senate Thursday night.  The comedy center was part of an 8-year effort involving Schumer... but, Mayor Sam Teresi recalled how Schumer helped save the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station... where much of the center is now housed.  Schumer helped secure $1.7-million in funding for the project... along with $5-million more in federal tax credits.  His office worked with Local Congressman Tom Reed to obtain the funding.


Dahlstrom Roll Form celebrates 115th Anniversary in Jamestown...
A local maker of steel and metalic doors used in places like the Empire State Building in New York City celebrated another milestone Friday as it was Dahlstrom Roll Form's 115th anniversary.  The specialized company in Jamestown's industrial corridor was started by Charles Dahlstrom in 1904.  Current Company President Rob White says they're excited to be commemorating the anniversary at a time where the expertise of their Metallic Door division is well-known.  White say much of their operation now is automated... and, skilled workers are needed to run those.  White adds that their architectural side of the business -- Dahlstrom Metal Mouldings -- is growing steadily.  He says they are looking for new hires to add to their current compliment of 35 employees.  For more information... go to their website at dahlstromrollform.com.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 8, 2019

The weather roller-coaster continues into the weekend and, that ride is not expected to come to an end any time soon.....  

The National Weather Service upgraded a High Wind Watch to a High Wind Warning late yesterday morning.  Strong, damaging winds hit the area overnight.  That from Meteorologist Kirk Apffel at the National Weather Service, who says a strong cold front kicked-off the wind event.

The gusty winds will continue through much of today.  Apffel says the highest wind speeds are most likely to occur closer to Lake Erie once a cold front moves through.  He says wind gusts could reach 60 miles an hour in spots.  


Jamestown's Department of Development will soon be asking residents for help in identifying Zombie properties in the city's neighborhoods....  

That from City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Vickye James, who announced at Monday night's meeting that Development Director Vince DeJoy will further discuss the program at next week's committee meeting.  James says the idea is to find the properties, which were abandoned during the Great Recession and housing crisis.

James says the Department of Development will be working with the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation on three abandoned properties.  One is a demolition, while two others will be rehabilitated through the city's HOME Program.  James says the city is also working with the Chautauqua County Landbank on two properties at 146 and 148 Buffalo Street to "gut" and rehabilitate them so they can be brought back to code and then sold to new owners.


Fredonia Mayor Athenasia Landis says she's optimistic about the village's future, but she also raised some pressing needs during her State of Fredonia address....  

In her message, delivered at the Fredonia Opera House Wednesday evening, Dr. Landis outlined a number of projects that will be getting underway or are in the planning stages.  She says the village has received a helping hand from the state by providing some major funding.

Landis says -- total investment in the village has been $83.7-million.  Among the projects, a new hospital, downtown revitalization and infrastructure upgrades.  But, Landis also called for a new project, a public safety building.  She says both the police and fire departments would be housed there.  Landis said after the meeting that she has had recent discussions with State Senator Cathy Young about the situation and she hopes Young will tour the current facilities. 


Molestation victims are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to quickly sign into law the Child Victims Act, which would extend the statute of limitations to give victims more time to seek criminal charges or sue their abusers.....

Lawmakers passed the bill last week, leaving supporters wondering why it hasn't been signed.  A group of them wrote to the Democratic governor on Thursday saying victims have waited long enough.  Cuomo supports the bill and has said he would sign it.  A spokesman for the governor says the bill will be signed soon but stopped short of announcing a date.  The lag isn't unusual.  The Legislature must formally transmit the bill, a process which sometimes takes weeks, before the legal wording of the bill is reviewed by the governor's legal team.


Authorities in western New York have a new initiative to track opioid overdoses and treat them as crime scenes....  

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and, other officials announced the new protocols on Wednesday.  Officers who respond to an opioid overdose will log certain evidence into a law enforcement database.  Kennedy says that by standardizing the way overdose scenes are processed, law enforcers will enhance their ability to prosecute those who peddle ``poison".   He says tracking the locations of overdoses will also help drug treatment providers reach those who are most in need.  A drug intelligence officer with a joint New York-New Jersey task force, Daniel Rinaldo, says the initiative represents ``the perfect partnership between law enforcement and public health.''


Following Winter Storm Harper, a government shutdown and artic temperatures across Western New York, the American Red Cross is re-issuing it's emergency need for donors due to a significant number of blood drive cancellations.....  

External Communications Director Patty Corvaia says now, it's more critical than ever.  Corvaia says all eligible donors are welcomed, especially those with O-postive and O-negative blood types. She says the Red Cross is also in immediate need of the blood platelets, which are clotting components often given to patients undergoing heart surgeries, transplants and chemotherapy to name a few.  The Red Cross chapter house in Jamestown will host another blood drive next Thursday -- on Valentine's Day.  You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or, by visiting RedCrossBlood dot-org. Corvaia says a single blood donation can save up to three lives. 


Two people from Jamestown have been arrested on drug and false impersonation charges after their speeding car was pulled over in the town of Stockton......  

Sheriff's deputies say the driver, 33 year-old Raymond Borland of Charles Street, was stopped on James Road just before 4 PM last Sunday.  Officers say Borland allegedly gave them a false name, while his passenger, 46 year-old Joanna Snyder, was found in possession of marijuana, and drinking alcohol inside a car.  Borland is charged with speeding over 55 miles an hour and, second-degree criminal personation.  Snyder was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehcle.   Both were released on appearance tickets for Stockton Town Court.
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 7, 2019


A Jamestown woman was taken into custody after being found with drugs in her possession Tuesday afternoon..... 

Sheriff's deputies say a female was seen entering the public front lobby on the South County Office Building visibly under the influence of a narcotic. Further investigation revealed 27 year-old Tiffany Walsh was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine. Officers say Walsh also had a quantity of meth in her possession. She was issued to appearance tickets for City court at a later date and was released without incident. 


The annual 'Four-H Green Tie Affair' is set for Chautauqua Suites in Mayville on Sunday, February 24th....   

Kate Ewer, the Four-H Youth Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension says this week is the ideal time to buy your tickets, as the price goes from $20 to $25 after Friday.  Call Four-H at Cornell Cooperative Extension 664-9502, Extension 212.  The 'Green Tie Affair' is a major fundraising dinner.  They hope to bring in $25,000 to keep Four-H programming available for young people in Chautauqua County.  The events at Chautauqua Suites on the 24th begin with a bake sale and basket raffle at 3 PM, the dinner at 5 and conclude with a pie auction.  Kate Ewer adds, this year's dinner will have a country-western theme, with several 'best dressed' awards.  This Friday is also the last day for businesses or groups to buy an entire table of seats for $200. 


After alluding to it in his State of the City message last month, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas announced he will seek a second term as mayor.....  

In making the announcement, Rosas says he gave it a lot of thought before reaching a decision.  Rosas says he conferred with his family before deciding to run for another four year term.  The retired State trooper began his political career when he was appointed Councilman at Large following the resignation of Stephanie Kayak in 2014.  He became the first Hispanic elected mayor in New York State in 2016.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo's spending proposals for New York state's mental hygiene programs are the subject of a public hearing in Albany.....  

The Democratic governor's $175 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year includes his ongoing efforts to reduce the number of New Yorkers who die by suicide each year. Cuomo says federal statistics show that New York state's suicide rate rose by nearly 30 percent from 1999 to 2016.  The governor's also is seeking to pass legislation that will require insurers to apply the same treatment and financial guidelines to autism spectrum disorders as those used for medical and surgical benefits.  A joint Assembly and Senate public hearing on Cuomo's mental hygiene proposals will be held Thursday at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Albany.


The city of Jamestown recently received good news regarding it's bond rating from the other major investment ranking institution....  

Moody's Investors has announced that it has upgraded the city's ability to borrow money from B-a-1, to Baa3 and, Mayor Sam Teresi noted the improvement during comments at last night's City Council work session.  He says it comes after last year's upgrade by Standard and Poor's.

While the news is good, Teresi says it's not to be taken as a cue for the city to go on any kind of "spending spree."  He adds the city is "not out of the woods" financially.  Teresi says the upgrades are a sign of confidence in the way the city has managed it's debt and, been able to pay it off.  It also comes at a time where the administration is considering a bonding measure to borrow more than $10-million  to upgrade their vehicle fleet, as well as upgrade facilities and equipment.


In a video posted to local Congressman Tom Reed's Facebook page, the Republican linked up with New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer in response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.... 

Reed says he was overall pleased in the sense of the President's focus on bi-partisianship, national security, infrustructure and healthcare costs. Gottheimer agreed in saying it's incredibly important to find common ground. As co-chairs of the Problem Solver's Caucus,  the Congressmen say extremists on both sides of the aisle have a choice to make, to "put the extremism aside and work together."  Reed also acknowledged Trump's recognition to the record-number of women holding office. Reed and Gottheimer say the that the economy is "booming" and that success should always be applauded. 


State officials say ongoing efforts to crack down on fake identifications being used to illegally purchase alcohol in New York resulted in a record number of bogus I-D seizures last year....  

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state seized 892 of the fake documents as part of Operation Prevent in 2018, up from 814 the previous year.  The Democrat says New York state has zero tolerance for underage drinking and will continue to conduct enforcement efforts to catch people who break beverage control laws.  The year-round compliance efforts led by investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles target concert venues, bars, restaurants and stores where alcohol is sold.  Officials say of the nearly 900 fake IDs seized last year, more than a third were confiscated at locations in western New York.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 6, 2019

An overloaded electrical wall outlet is the reported cause of an apartment fire at a multi-unit dwelling near Jamestown Community College....  

City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 154 James Avenue shortly before Noon yesterday and, found smoke coming from the second-floor where the apartment is located.  Coon says they found the occupants outside and, were able to get water onto the blaze quickly.

Coon says they were also able to rescue a cat from inside the apartment.  Aside from the fire damage to the apartment, he says there was some smoke and water damage elsewhere.  No one was hurt.  Coon says an off-duty shift of seven was called in to assist.  Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour.  Fire investigators were there about another two-hours.


Three Jamestown residents have been arrested following a reported fight on the city's eastside and, they were allegedly found with drugs in their possession.....  

City police were called to the scene at East Second and Buffalo Streets shortly before 5 PM last Saturday and, officers first found 44 year-old Victor Cameron in possession of a small amount of marijuana.  Police say they also found the driver of a car at the scene,54 year-old Melinda Cameron, in possesion of marijuana and methamphetimine.  She was also allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol while driving.  The third person, 36 year-old Kristin Raymond, was foud to be in possession of a heroin/fentanyl mixture and, resisted arrest.  All three were arraigned on drug possession charges, and jailed pending further court action.


With Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's decision to not run again this Fall, it's expected that there may be a few announcements before the end of the month about potential candidates for the open seat.....  

First-term at-large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo has already announced his intentions to run this Fall.  He's the first of what could potentially be three Republicans seeking the GOP nod to run.  Another is long-time Councilman Tony Dolce, who said Monday night, it's on his mind.

Dolce says he was caught off-guard by Teresi's announcement last night, but, understands decisions have to be made soon -- especially if there's a primary.  He says he understands why Teresi has decided not to run again and, says it's a "hard decision" to make.  Dolce has been on the City Council since Jamestown's last mayor was in office.  He is a government studies teacher at Jamestown High School. 


An Olean man faces felony charges following an early-weekend vehicle pursuit through several Cattaraugus County town with drugs in his possession....  

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say Salamanca Police attempted to stop a four-door sedan just before 3:30 AM Saturday, but the operator allegedly fled at a high rate of speed onto Interstate-86.  Deputies assisted and took pursuit once outside of the City limits.  Police say 35 year-old Brandon Blackshear exited the highway off Exit 26 and onto Route 16 towards Olean, until deputies were able to stop the car with assistance from Olean Police.  Blackshear reportedly took off on foot and was later taken into custody.  He's being held in the county jail without bail and is due back in several court jurisdictions at a later date. 


The New York state Assembly has voted to ban offshore drilling off the state's coast.....  

The Democrat-controlled chamber passed the measure on Monday.  It's expected to pass the Senate in coming days, and is supported by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The legislation would specifically bar the state from granting permits for drilling or oil or gas exploration in offshore areas controlled by the state.  While the state can't control areas overseen by the federal government, supporters say a state ban would make it much harder for any drilling to occur close to coastal New York.  The action comes after the administration of Republican President Donald Trump proposed to open more offshore areas to drilling.


State officials say New York's income tax receipts are down more than $2-billion so far, and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is placing the bulk of blame on the effects of last year's Republican-led federal tax cuts....  

Cuomo says at a state Capitol news conference Monday that the federal law capping a deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000 is the main culprit for a projected $2.3 billion deficit.  Cuomo, joined by Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and budget director Robert Mujica, says he'll be making adjustments in the $175 billion state budget proposal he unveiled last week.  The governor didn't provide specifics.  He has until mid-February to make budget amendments.  Democrats in Albany had warned that the tax cuts would hurt predominantly Democratic states such as New York.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 5, 2019

With family and friends standing behind him, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi announced at the end of last night's City Council work session that he won't be running for a sixth-term in office.... 

Teresi's wife, Becky, and son Joe, came into the Mayor's Conference room as Teresi began his surprising announcement.  He simply said "it's time" to spend more time with his family, and that he had a "good run" as mayor.

There had been wide-spread speculation over the past year whether Teresi would seek a sixth-term.  However, the Mayor, who was first elected in 1999, said he thought long and hard about the decision before last night's announcement.  The Democrat thanked all council members for their hard work and, says it's been an honor to work with each one.  He says that's been especially the case with the current group.  In addition to his family, Teresi was joined by retired City Clerk Jim Olson and his wife, Pam, as well as Executive Secretary Leigh Ann Jordan and her family. 


There is one member of the Jamestown City Council who has mirrored Sam Teresi's time as an elected official in city government.....  

Republican Tony Dolce called last night's announcement "bittersweet..." noting that while they have been friends down through the years, they have also had their political disagreements.  Dolce acknowledged how difficult Teresi's decision was to make.

Another who spoke was Council President Marie Carrubba, who just became head of the council last year.  Carrubba says she can't thank Teresi enough for his dedication to the city, and it's residents.  She says they know how hard Teresi has worked to get the city it's fair share of state aid, and, that being mayor is a "24/7" job.  Councilwoman Vickye James also thanked Teresi for all his efforts. Teresi did note after his announcment that there was still a lot of work to get done this year and, that he wants to check off those items before the end of the year. 


Mayor Sam Teresi's annoucement that he would not be seeking a sixth-term caught a number of people at the work session by surprise and, some council members voiced their support for his decision....

One was Council President Marie Carrubba, who just became head of the council last year.  Carrubba says she can't thank Teresi enough for his dedication to the city, and it's residents.

Teresi did note after his announcment that there was still a lot of work to get done this year and, that he wants to check off those items before the end of the year.  The longest serving Councilman on the panel, Republican Tony Dolce, noted that he had worked with Teresi every year that he's been mayor and, while they haven't always agreed on matters, this is a "bittersweet" moment.  Councilwoman Vickye James also thanked Teresi for all his efforts.


Two people from the Clymer-area were arrested Sunday night after a criminal mischief complaint in the town of French Creek uncovered an alleged methamphetamine lab on Bush Road.....  

Sheriff's deputies and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force responded to the complaint just after 5 p.m. and, found items consistant with the making of meth.  Officers checked both suspect's criminal history, and found both were wanted in Pennsylvania.  Officers say 32 year-old Christopher Bliss was charged with one count of third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, and as a fugitive from justice.  They add the other resident, 29 year-old Kristal Whitmore was charged with third-degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and, as a Fugitive from Justice.  Both suspects were arraigned and, sent to the county jail pending further court action.  The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the New York State Police C-SERT Team did a further search and remediation of the crime scene.  More charges are pending.  (***Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is asked to call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.)


It's been a record-setting temperature day in western New York with a new high being set in Buffalo....  

The National Weather Service reports the mercury reached 59-degrees Monday afternoon and local and state officials are keeping a close watch on creeks and streams.  A Flood Watch remains in effect through late Wednesday night for most of Western New York, including Chautauqua County.  Meteorologist Heather Kenyon in Buffalo says much of the snowpack has already melted and, the ice in local creeks is breaking up.

Kenyon says more melting was expected through this morning.  She says rivers and creeks will continue to rise.  The record high for this date in Buffalo was 57 degrees.  Kenyon says rain fall during the watch will average around a quarter inch.  Cattaraugus Creek near Sunset Bay among the locations where there is a history of ice jam flooding. 

 
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says his office and departments are working closely with local emergency officials in monitoring area creeks.....  
Borrello says the usual trouble spots include Cattaraugus Creek near Sunset Bay and, in the village of Silver Creek where Silver and Walnut Creeks meet to flow out into Lake Erie.  He says...so far... so good.

Borrello says residents who live near creeks that are prone to ice jamming should be prepared to move rapidly, or fully evacuate.  He says they'll let people know through Reverse 9-1-1, the media and social media.  Again, the Flood Watch continues through late Wednesday night. 

 
Local Congressman Tom Reed is expressing a lot of frustration over the past 45 days in Washington with the partial government shut-down and, lack of progress to avoid another one....  

Reed is hoping that President Trump can deliver a State of the Union message that will better unite Democrats and Republicans to avoid another shut-down February 15th.  Reed says he's hopeful but, adds that "dialogue is needed" in order for that to occur in Washington.  Reed says the "Problem Solver's Caucus" he co-chairs has been working to help allow more "bottom-up" legislation to be considered.

Reed says both sides still seem firmly entrenched in their positions, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying there will be "no money" for a wall, while the president says there will be wall funding.  During last Friday's Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Congressional Luncheon in Mayville, Reed recalled something former President Bill Clinton did in the 1990s.  They had a stalemate until Clinton called both sides in the room, and shut the door until they came to an agreement.  The president will give his State of the Union message to Congress tonight.
   

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News Bulletin for Mon., Feb. 4, 2019

(**Bulletin)Teresi announces he won't seek a sixth-term in office...
With family and friends standing behind him... Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi announced at the end of tonight's City Council work session that he won't be running for a sixth-term in office.  Teresi's wife, Becky, and eldest son came into the Mayor's Conference room as Teresi began his suprising announcement.  He simply said "it's time" to spend more time with his family, and that he had a "good run" as mayor.  Speculation had been running around town the past year or so -- as to whether Teresi would seek an unprecidented sixth four-year term.  Council President Marie Carrubba, the longest serving council member, Tony Dolce, and Council woman Vickye James spoke, applauding Teresi for his time and commitment to the job.  The announcement comes just two days after first-year Councilman Andrew Liuzzo announced that he would be seeking the GOP nod to run for mayor this November.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 4, 2019

Jamestown fire officials are warning residents about using space heaters during major cold snaps after a fire on the city's westside early last weekend.....  

The blaze heavily-damaged the two-family home at 218 Jefferson Street -- near Isabella.  Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says crews were called to the scene about 4:30 AM Saturday.  Sigular says space heaters in the house were plugged in using extension cords.

Sigular says firefighters found heavy flame coming from the second-floor windows on arrival but, they were able to get the blaze under control fairly quickly.  All six people living inside got out safely.  He says an off-duty shift of 15 firefighters had to be called in to assist the 11 that were part of the initial crew.  Sigular says the still-frigid weather conditions made firefighting efforts difficult.  He says part of the main hydrant froze up, along with some of their hoses.  Sigular says crews were at the scene for about two-hours.  He adds that two firefighters suffered minor injuries.


An at-large Jamestown city councilman who just finished his first year in office has announced that he's running for mayor in next Fall's election.... 

Republican Andrew Liuzzo says he ran in November of 2017 because he felt the city was going in the wrong direction, and it was time to get involved.  During a formal announcement at A-1 Auto Service on Winsor Street last Saturday, Liuzzo said there have been a number of good things that have happened -- including the new National Comedy Center.  However, he says he's concerned that the citys' current trajectory won't be able to sustain many of those positive developments, which include the new Nationa Comedy Center.  Liuzzo says he has not discussed getting the GOP nomination to run for mayor, adding he needed to announce his intentions now in case there is a primary because of new state election laws.  Liuzzo is a former businessman and was director of rehabilitation services at Cuba Memorial Hospital for 20 years until 2018.


County officials from across New York are urging state officials to provide the funding for them to cover the costs of early voting....  

The issue came up during the annual legislative conference of the New York State Association of Counties that was held in Albany last week.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says the law will have an impact on the county and means they will have to maintain three polling areas for seven-days leading up to Election Day.

Borrello says funding has become an issue because the state law was adopted after counties had already approved their budgets.  He says the polling areas must be up and in place -- and staffed -- during that time period.  Borrello says the passage of the voting legislation also changes the scheduling of primary elections and that could affect candidates because petitions will have to be circulated later THIS month (February).  NYSAC adopted a resolution requesting the governor and state lawmakers approve the state funding for early voting. 


The likelyhood of rain in the forecast for the next few days has led forecasters to issue Flood Watches for much of Western New York, including Chautauqua County... 

Meteorologist Heather Kenyon with the National Weather Service says the rain,  combined with our warmer temperatures, could lead to ice jam flooding.  Temperatures rose to about 50 yesterday, with sunshine and could rise into the lower 50s today.  Kenyon says liquid amounts in the snow pack average 2 to 4 inches.  Rainfall during the watch will average between a quarter inch to a half inch.


Local police agencies are still looking for the man who allegedly held up the Lakewood branch of Five-Star Bank late Friday afternoon....  

Lakewood-Busti Police say the brazen robbery occured at the location on Fairmount Avenue at the intersection with Mall Boulevard occured about 4 PM.  The Post-Journal reports the suspect, ,who was wearing a mask, walked into the bank and displayed a gun and claimed to have a bomb attached to his body.  Police are investigating leads but, only say the suspect escaped in a maroon and tan late-model Ford pick-up truck, possibly late 1990s to early 2000s.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563.


A coalition of parents, teachers, providers and faith leaders is asking state leaders in Albany to increase funds for child care assistance....  

The group is planning a rally today to call on lawmakers to set aside more money to help working parents pay for care.  Supporters say the state can do more to ensure parents don't have to decide between earning a living and ensuring proper care for their children.  New York has among the highest child care costs in the nation, despite millions of dollars in state tax credits and direct funding.  Many families who qualify for assistance can't get it because of high demand.


In New York state government news...

Lawmakers have set three upcoming hearings on a landmark climate change bill that would require the state's electrical grid to get off fossil fuels.  The hearings scheduled on the Climate and Community Protection Act are the latest signal that lawmakers are serious about moving to 100 percent renewable energy.  The bill had been blocked by Senate Republicans until Democrats won control of the chamber last fall.  Under the bill the state would move to 100 percent renewable electrical generation by 2050.  Hearings are set for next month in Albany, New York City and Long Island.  Meanwhile, supporters of Airbnb are heading back to Albany on Monday to push for new regulations on the popular home-sharing platform to replace old rules that penalized many hosts.

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News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 2, 2019

Two-family house extensively damaged in fire on Jamestown's westside...
Fire has heavily-damaged a two-family home on Jamestown's westside... chasing half-a-dozen six people from the residence last Saturday morning.  City Fire Battalion Chief Roger Sigular says fire crews were called to the scene at 218 Jefferson St. -- near Isabella --  about 4:30 AM.  Sigular says that they found heavy fire coming from the second-floor windows... but, he says all six people living there were out of the home safely.  He says there's a lot of fire and water damage to the structure.  Sigular says an off-duty shift was called in to assist at the scene.  He says crews were at the scene for about two-hours... and, the cause has been traced to residents plugging space heaters into extension cords.


Local police, FBI, investigating day-time robbery at Five Star Bank in Lakewood...
Lakewood-Busti Police are investigating a brazen... late afternoon robbery that occured at the Five Star Bank on Fairmount Avenue at the intersection with Mall Boulevard.  Police tell the Jamestown Post-Journal the masked bandit apparently entered the bank around 4 p.m. Friday... and, the male suspect allegedly displayed a gun... and, told employees that he had a bomb stapped to himself.  He then demanded cash... and fled the bank in a late model Ford F-150 model pick-up truck.  Police say it was maroon colored with tan trim.  The truck reportedly fled south on Mall Boulevard.  No one was hurt... and, the robber is still at large.  Lakewood-Busti Chief John Bentley was heading up the investigation... and, not available for comment late yesterday.  If you have information on the case... call Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563.


Liuzzo makes it official: he's running for mayor in Jamestown...
First-year Jamestown City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo has announced that he's running for mayor in the upcoming election.  Liuzzo... who is an at-large council member... says he ran well over a year ago because he got tired of complaining about the direction the city has being going in.  He says there have been a number of good things that have happened -- including the new National Comedy Center -- however, he says the citys' current trajectory won't be able to sustain many of those positive developments.  He says he has not discussed getting the GOP nomination to run for mayor... adding he needed to announce his intentions now in case there is a primary because of new election laws in New York State.  Incumbant five-term Democratic Mayor Sam Teresi has not yet made an announcement of his intentions.


Reed says Chautauqua County on the right path for Workforce Development during Chamber event...
Chautauqua County is on the right path to developing the workforce needed in the new American economy.  In fact... local Congressman Tom Reed says the county is on the "cutting edge" of workforce development.  Reed made his comments during the county Chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon in Mayville Friday afternoon.  He also praised the chamber and Manufacturer's Association for making this a priority... and, in position to take advantage of local, state and federal resources.  He says local officials need to identify what skills are needed locally, and determine the best resources to train those workers.  Reed says he first saw DW Lisk Manufacturing in Clifton Springs collaborate with Finger Lakes Community College about seven-years ago to grow it's workforce, and retrain others for new jobs at the plant.  He says he sees such collaboration in Chautauqua County between the chamber... the Manufacturer's Association... local industry... and, the local colleges.  The Corning Republican was also bouyed by Friday's announcement that some 304,000 jobs were added to the nation's economy last month... and, he says there is now a huge national demand for employees.  The congressman spoke about a number of issues from breaking Washington's political gridlock... to invasive weed issues on Chautauqua Lake.


Reed visits Jamestown Boy's and Girl's Club during stop in county...
While he was in Chautauqua County... Congressman Reed visited the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boy's and Girl's Club in Jamestown to talk with officials, and the children that take part in their programs.  Reed says... while it's important to meet with local leaders and residents... children can also provide a view of things that needs to be taken back to Washington, D.C.  Reed says it's important to hear what's on their minds, and show them you care about them and that they succeed in life.  Reed says he's happy to have provided some significant funding for community programs -- like those at the Boy's and Girl's Club -- in the past, and, he says he wants to make more funding available for such youth programming in the future.


Flood Watch in effect for Chautauqua County starting Sunday night...

We're shifting gears, from extreme cold to a major warm up.  As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties from late Sunday night through late Wednesday night.  Meteorologist Heather Kenyon at the Weather Service says it's a combination of snow melt and rain that may lead to ice jam flooding.  Kenyon says temperatures will be above freezing, and there will be some rain... starting Monday night.  Due to the recent lake effect snow event in western New York this past week, liquid amounts in the snow pack average 2 to 4 inches.  Ice jams will be possible.  Rainfall during the watch will average between a quarter inch to a half inch.

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WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 1, 2019

A convicted Felon has been arrested following a short foot-chase, with a firearm in his possession, in Jamestown early Thursday morning....  

City police say they saw a man carrying a long-gun case in the area of East 6th and Grant Streets shortly before 3 AM.  Officers report the suspect -- identified as 29 year-old Cain Coville -- allegedly took off running when they attempted to make contact.  Coville was later found to be a convicted Felon and, should not be in possession of any weapons.  Police took him into custody a short distance away, and recovered the case he was carrying, which contained a 22-caliber rifle.  Coville was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $5,000 bail for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 

 

There have only been a few, minor issues caused by the Winter storm that struck our area -- mainly northern Chautauqua County -- with some lake effect snow and bitter wind chills.....  

The National Weather Service discontinued our Winter Storm Warning yesterday afternoon but, Chautauqua County remains under a Wind Chill Advisory through 11 this morning.  Wind chills in and around Jamestown Thursday morning were 20 to 30-below zero and, County Executive George Borrello says that's dangerous, so don't go outside unless you have to. 

For the second-day in a row, ALL county school districts closed due to the weather.  Forecasters in Western New York said we would have temperatures fall below-zero again through this morning and, rebound slowly during the day today.  However, wind chills could still fall to 25-below zero at times.  Chautauqua County has been on the fringe of the lake effect snow activity.  The storm was designated a blizzard Wednesday in Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties by the National Weather Service.  Erie County officials say three people died during the storm.
 

With the closing of major roadways and travel bans along the Thruway, the United States Postal Service halted some mail delivery routes in Western New York....
  
USPS Spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz says specifically all Buffalo stations were closed Thursday. However, she says the Post Offices in Jamestown were open and out delivering mail.  Availability was limited because of issues with trucks on thruways, but when weather conditions improve, Mazurkiewicz says all mail delivery and retail operations will be resume. 
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Additionally, Mazurkiewicz says curbside mailboxes should be shoveled out enough so that carries can drop-off or collect mail without leaving their vehicles.  The Postal Service also asks that steps and walkways be cleared of snow and ice, and salted for safety reasons. 


A locally-driven Skateboard Park project in Jamestown has been awarded a "Built to Play" Skatepark grant of up to $250,000 in matching funds from the Tony Hawk Foundation....  

The formal annoucement was made yesterday afternoon at Cijty Hall by Mayor Sam Teresi, the Tony Hawk Foundation's Trevor Staples and Jamestown Skate Products owner, Pete Schiera.  Schiera says he's very excited about a project he says will elevate skateboarding beyond what's currently in Chadakoin Park.


Schiera has been joined in pushing the project with Brazil Lounge and Restaurant owner Frank Besse. Mayor Teresi says the pair approached officials with the Parks and Recreation and Public Works Department last year about creating a "concrete bowl" kind of park and ways to fund it.  The "Built to Play" Skatepark Grants are made possible through a partnership between the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, which is contributing $25,000 to the effort.  The up to $250,000 award requires the Jamestown community to raise at least $50,000 local matching funds.  The park would be located where the former Jamestown Trolley Company building was located just across the street from the McCrea Point Park Boat Landing.


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has approved a change-order to pay it's legal team another $125,000 to defend the city's attempted annexation of property in the village of Falconer....  

The BPU agreed to the move at this week's meeting.  Mayor Sam Teresi says it's unfortunate but, adds the challenge by the village, town of Ellicott and the Falconer School District continues.  Teresi says the next important date for the city is next Tuesday, February 5th, when they have to provide all their documentation.  He says the other parties get to respond and, all materials are then sent to the state Appellate Court this Spring.

Teresi says a final decision on whether the approxmiately four-acres of land the BPU's Dow Street Substation sits on could be made by late Spring, or early Summer of this year.  He says whatever the final decision is, it will likely be subject to an appeal.


A bi-partisan committee is continuing it's work on a continuing resolution that will pass both houses of Congress and, be signed by President Trump....  

Mr. Trump has elected to "hang back" as negotiations that would allow for a border barrier to be constructed in places along the southern border and, include other security measures as well.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says he remains optimistic that a deal can be struck but, with a February 15th deadline now in place, he's not as optimistic as he usually is.

Reed says if the opposing sides could at least talk, a solution could definately be found.  Many Democrats would like an extension or more permanent resolution for DACA recipients and, other Temporary Protected Status individuals.  However, there are several Republicans in the House and Senate who say that's nothing more than Amnesty.  Reed says he disagrees, saying this is not amnesty, but part of a solution to move the country forward.  White House officials say President Trump has made his border wall funding demands clear. 


Congressman Tom Reed will be in Chautauqua County later today to address the county's Chamber of Commerce in Mayville...  

The Corning Republican will be the featured guest at the Chamber's annual Congressional Luncheon at Webb's Captains Table on Route 394, beginning at 12 Noon.  He says he has a "positive" message about the economy.

Reed says he will discuss concerns about the crazy rises and falls of the Stock Market this year,  as well as concerns over trade and tariffs.  For more information on the Congressional Luncheon, call the Chamber at 484-1101.

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WJTN News Headlines for Jun. 24, 2019

The investigation is continuing into the cause of a fire that heavily-damaged a vacant home on Jamestown's northside and, damaged a neighboring home....   City firefighters were called to ...

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