City lawmakers will vote in two weeks on subscribing to an on-line service that helps local governments better track housing issues, complaints and enforcement. The City Council last night heard details about the Department of Development contracting with "MyGov" to create a database that includes the history of individual properties in Jamestown. Development Director Vince DeJoy says he began the search shortly after he was appointed to find better system than they have now. DeJoy says Mayor Sam Teresi wanted to find a new user-friendly and portable -- yet secure system to get "real-time" updates. DeJoy says if he was asked for an updated list of condemned houses in Jamestown... he would have to pull out a spread-sheet. But... with this system... he could create an immediate list that updates whether that property is in the court system... or has a different status. In addition to interviewing various companies... DeJoy says they also talked to similar communities that use "MyGov." DeJoy says officials in Strongville, Ohio -- near Cleveland -- has a similar population... and, they love how it works.
Prior to DeJoy's presentation... Teresi outlined actions he and lawmakers have taken over the past year to better enforce the city's housing and building codes... including court actions. He emphasized that there are just "a few" homeowners, landlords, and tenants that have let properties go... and, have not just created eyesores... but, breeding grounds for crime.
Jamestown Police are investigating an overnight stabbing. They got the call right around 1am of a 20 year old male that was stabbed at 100 Hedges Street. The victim was treated at WCA Hospital and released. The officer says the stabbing was not a random incident.
A six-month-old baby boy from Jamestown is now in critical... but, stable condition now after he was allegedly assaulted by his father late last week. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the boy's father... 20 year-old Steven Spencer... is accused of assaulting... then striking the child with an object late last Thursday afternoon. Samuelson says the boy was initially taken to WCA Hospital... then transferred to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo late that night. Following an investigation... he says Spencer turned himself into police last Friday afternoon. Samuelson would not say if Spencer gave police a formal statement of any kind. Spencer was charged with second-degree Assault... and, Reckless Assault of a Child. Samuelson says unfortunately... he's seen this kind of crime before... but, it doesn't make it any less horrific. Spencer was arraigned in city court early last weekend on the two charges... and, sent to the County Jail without bail because of the Felony assault charge. However... Samuelson says the charges may change depending on whether or not the baby recovers. He adds there was also and 18-month old child in the house at 15 Hedges Street when the incident occured.
A Facebook tip is being credited for helping to lead State Police in Cattaraugus County to arrest the woman driving a dark blue mini-van that struck an Amish horse and buggy earlier this month. Troopers say the driver of the van then fled the scene after the July 7th incident. The buggy's operator and two sons escaped serious injury. State Police in Olean say they utilitized social media, seeking the public's help. They say they received an anonymous call... with a person saying he saw the vehicle allegedly involved just after the accident occured traveling north on Route 16... and, he was able to identify the driver. With that... troopers have arrested 31 year-old Tiffany Armstrong of Cuba on several vehicle and traffic violations. They include leaving the scene of a personal injury accident... and, leaving the scene of an accident involving an animal. Armstrong's accused of driving up behind the horse and buggy in the town of Ishua, and hitting the vehicle, pushing it into a ditch. The driver did not stop. The horse survived it's injuries.
An Erie, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for two violations of Leandra's Law after he was pulled over for allegedly driving drunk in the town of Portland last weekend. Sheriff's officers accuse 31 year-old Alex Aviles-Sanchez of drinking and driving after he made several lane changes on Route 5 late Saturday night. Deputies say they pulled Aviles-Sanchez over... and, initially charged him with DWI... and, then found that two of his passengers were under the age of 16. That makes the charge a Felony under Leandra's Law. Aviles-Sanchez was arraigned in Portland Town Court... and, was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service have confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Finger Lakes during violent storms over the weekend. The weather service in Binghamton confirmed Monday that the tornado touched down around 4:40 PM Sunday in the Schuyler County town of Reading, just outside the village of Watkins Glen. Meteorologists say the tornado was rated EF-1, with wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph. Several homes were damaged and trees toppled, but the sheriff's office says no injuries have been reported.
12 singers took to the Floating Stage for the premier of SE93's 11th summer of Chautauqua Lake Voices in Bemus Point to perform songs from Disney films and in the end Kristina Ruth and Andrew Panebianco were eliminated from the six week long competition. Victoria McIllvain's performance of "Colors of the Wind" and Ashley Reefers performance of "True To Your Heart" tied in the SlickText.com audience voting for coolest performer of the night. Next the Top 10 singers will prepare for GLEE night next Monday at 6:30pm. For details on this year's show visit ChautauquaLakeVoices.com.