Voters in Lakewood this November will consider moving the village's elections from spring to fall. Lakewood Mayor David Wordelman says the village board voted unanimously, earlier this month, to put the change up for a referendum. He believes there are a number of reasons to support the move. Wordelman adds the change from March to November would also save the village money as the costs of the election would be transferred to Chautauqua County. The new law would also change when officials take office... from April 1st to January 1st. If approved by Lakewood voters in the general elections November 5th, the first village election in the FALL would be in 2015.
If you have received the Basic School Tax Relief -- or STAR Program -- exemption in the past... don't assume you still have it. That from Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains... who says a problem with people applying for STAR for more than one of their properties has led the state to require everyone to reapply for the program. Mains says there's been a lot of talk among government officials... but, not a lot publicly about the matter. However... he says there's still plenty of time... and, reapplying can be done easily, and, on-line. Basic STAR provides a partial property tax exemption for qualified homeowners. There is also the Enhanced STAR Program for senior citizens... which may provide a total exemption if certain qualifications are met. Mains emphasizes, though, you can only claim one "primary residence." Again... Mains says you can go on-line... or contact the Jamestown City Clerk's office about reapplying.
A Bradford Pennsylvania man is in the Warren County Jail after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl during the first week of August in Sheffield Township. State police report that 18 year old Kristopher Lloyd Roberts knew the age of the victim at the time of the sexual relationship and faces a number of charges including Statutory Sexual Assault and Corruption of minors. Roberts was committed to the Warren County Jail Wednesday on 25 thousand dollars bail.
The westbound lanes of the Thruway were closed late Wednesday night when a tractor-trailer hauling propane tanks crashed off the highway. State police say the truck went off Interstate 90, overturned and rolled down an embankment around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday in the Chautauqua County town of Portland. Troopers say the 57-year-old driver from Silver Creek suffered head injuries and is in fair condition at the hospital in Erie, Pa.
Police say none of the propane tanks leaked. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area fell have fallen almost 5-cents a gallon this week for regular, unleaded to about 3-dollars-80 cents a gallon. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which adds there are a few locations charging about 3-dollars-77 cents a gallon to 3--79 this week. The Triple-A reports the national average price has also fallen 5-cents this week to about 3-dollars-51 cents a gallon. Wednesday marked the 1,000th consecutive day the national average price was above 3-dollars a gallon, which is the longest such stretch on record. The current streak began on December 23rd of 2010. Prices in four Midwestern states have fallen by at least a dime per gallon over the past week... including Ohio... which saw a 13-cent per gallon drop. These lower prices have been due to ample supplies, continued weak demand and the start of the transition to cheaper, winter-blend gasoline. While retail gas prices have drifted lower in much of the U-S... crude oil prices have continued to trade above 100-dollars per barrel on geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and North Africa.
New York electric customers will be getting a small credit on an upcoming bill.The state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a one-time credit to electricity bills of up to $3, depending on usage.
Regulators say the credit stems from a 2012 settlement that included a $110 million civil penalty on Constellation Energy Commodities Group on grounds that the power producer manipulated wholesale energy sales in three regional markets, including New York. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined that $78 million be used within New York's wholesale electricity market. The state commission approved paying $48 million to customers of New York's six investor-owned utilities, the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority. The credit will be passed on after utilities receive the funds.
WCA and the Community Blood Bank are teaming up for a special Bloodmobile drive today at the Hospital Auditorium in Jamestown from noon to 5pm. The drive is open to the public – and all blood types are needed to replenish low supplies. What makes this a special blood drive is that anyone who gives blood will be entered to win four tickets to the Buffalo Bills/Pittsburgh Steelers game, November 10th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Requirements to donate blood include being at least 17 years of age – or 16 with parental consent, weighing at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. For more information on Community Blood Bank blood drives contact WCA Hospital at 664-8614 or visit WWW dot Four Hearts dot org.
Anglers in Erie, Pennsylvania say the season of catching steelhead trout migrating from Lake Erie into its tributary rivers to spawn is here early. Ed Kissell, vice president of the Sons of Lake Erie, told WJET-TV in Erie that the combination of cool weather and steady rain has already brought steelhead trout into the mouths of creeks. Typically... he says steelhead trout migrate from October through April. Elk Creek Sports Store Owner Dan Seaman says the favorable conditions could bring record numbers of fish. Last year... the migration didn't begin until late October.