A Lily Dale man has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison for sexually abusing at least two children under the age of 11 over the past several years. In addition... Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says 54 year-old David Goodworth of South Street also received 10 years post-release supervision Monday in county court. He says Goodworth pled guilty to first-degree Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child... which is a Class-B Felony. Foley says that's the original charge... and, having a plea in this case spares having the victims having to testify. Foley says he was pleased with the outcome saying that not only does this punish Goodworth for these heinous acts... but, sends a message to sex offenders that they can expect to receive jail significant time for similar crimes. The D-A adds that with new sentencing guidelines now going into place for sex offenders... "we're seeing an increase in the length of prison terms." Foley also expressed his appreciation to state Police Investigator Ed Kalfas... the county's Child Advocacy Program for closing the case.
Eight days after Brocton Junior Damon Janes' tragic passing, The Jamestown Post Journal reports that the Westfield Board of Education has announced that the Westfield-Brocton football team will cancel the remainder of its season. Superintendent David Davison addressed the board during its meeting Monday and said he spoke with the players and they expressed that they did not want to continue playing this season.
Two teenaged brothers from Jamestown were hurt -- one seriously -- when the bicycle they were riding on collided with a car at the intersection of North Main and Second Streets. City police were called to the scene just before 8:30 PM Sunday... and, found a Jamestown woman was eastbound on West Second Street when her car struck the southbound bicycle. Officers say the operator of the bike... a 16 year-old city teen... passed the red light at the intersection. The 16 year-old was treated at WCA Hospital and later released. However... his 14 year-old brother... who was standing on the bike's rear pegs... was rushed to WCA... then flown to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. The younger brother is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit... and, his condition is unknown. City police were assisted in the investigation by the Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstruction Team. The investigation is continuing... but, the woman driving the car will not be charged.
The city of Jamestown has been given a "clean-bill" of financial health for fiscal year 2012. However... there are some ongoing challenges that will have to be dealt with in 2013 and beyond. That from Jamestown's third-party auditor John Trussalo... who delivered the final audit at last night's work session. Trussalo gave the city what's now called an "unmodified opinion...." meaning there were "no significant deficiencies... or material weaknesses" found. While the city had to use a lot of it's fund balance last year... in the end... it came out "to the good...." One area of concern Trussalo noted was that Jamestown is inching closer to it's constitutional tax limit. He says last year's tax levy was 14.3-million dollars. However... with exclusions... that number was brought to just over one-million dollars UNDER Jamestown's tax limit. Trussalo says what makes that situation even more difficult, though, is that the tax base has been stagnant... and, even seen some losses in recent years. However... he says prudent use of the fund balance has helped off-set a lot of that.
A Warren, Pennsylvania area man has been reported missing... and, police are asking the public for it's help in finding him. State Police in Warren say they were contacted last weekend by the mother of 24 year-old John Sheehy... who last spoke with her son last Saturday afternoon. But... based on the conversation... she believed he is missing, and in danger. Troopers say anyone with information about Sheehy... or his whereabouts... should call them... or 9-1-1. It's believed he may be in Warren, or Bedford Counties... or Corry or Pittsburgh. Sheehy is a white male... about 5-foot-8 inches tall, and 130 pounds. He has short brown hair... and, hazel eyes.
An 11-year-old Warren County, Pennsylvania boy... who had been missing since last Sunday afternoon... was found safe -- in Warren -- yesterday. The Warren Times-Observer says the boy was reported missing after he had been playing at a field in Beaty Park at 5 PM Sunday when he didn't return to his Warren County home. Several county fire departments, Warren City Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Warren County Sheriff's Department and Conewango Township Police all took part in the search.
he closed-down, Cockaigne Ski Center in the town of Cherry Creek has been the victim of many thefts over the past several months... and, police are asking the public's help in solving them. Sheriff's officers say some of the thefts at the Thornton Road location were recent. Deputies say one involved an S-M-I Snow Making Head that was stolen... along with about 30-feet of 8-inch steel pipe. They say the snow making head is valued at approximately 5-thousand dollars. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office at 753-2131.
For the second straight year... the state University College at Fredonia has been ranked 14th among the top northern public universities in U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Colleges" rankings. The university also tied for 60th out of the top tier of the "Best Regional Universities." SUNY at Fredonia Spokesman Mike Barone says they like the attention but they don't gear their programming around rankings. But... Barone says the impressive rankings have helped to recruit students to the campus. The annual rankings represent a comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of widely accepted indicators. The SUNY College at Fredonia has been ranked as a Best College every year since 1989.