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WJTN News Update!! for Wed., Oct. 23, 2013


(**Corr)First witnesses take stand in Taglianetti murder trial following opening statements...

The first witnesses have taken the stand in the second-degree murder trial of a Virginia man charged with killing former Clymer superintendent Keith Reed, Junior.  Christopher Legters and his now-wife, Jeness... said they both heard gun-shots abou 9 p.m. the night of Reed's murder in September of 2012.  Christopher Legters also testified to seeing Anthony Taglianetti, Junior's gold-colored car in Reed's driveway when he came home from work.  District Attorney David Foley says Reed was shot three-times at close range... and, that there is blood from Reed (correct) on that gun.  Meantime... Public Defender Ned Barone insisted his client did not kill Reed.  He called Taglianetti's wife, Mary, a "master manipulator..." and, that she had also had an affair with someone in North Carolina. 

 

County Legislature set to vote on 2014 budget, and amendments...

County lawmakers tonight will act on County Executive Greg Edwards' $230.7-million budget... and, several amendments that could reduce the full value tax rate to as low as $9.10 per $1,000.  That from Audit and Control Committee Chairman John Runkle... who says the levy -- or amount to be raised by taxes -- in County Executive Greg Edwards' 2014 spending plan is about 64-million dollars.  Runkle says the amendments approved by the committee dropped that to about 2-million dollars.  The Cassadaga-area Republican says the major cut is the just over one-million dollars in Inter-Governmental Transfers for the County Home in Dunkirk. Runkle says the committee also voted to cut 500-thousand dollars in additional funding for the Office for the Aging... along with 250-thousand from the electric fund.  He says the majority of the committee was comfortable with the proposed cuts... adding they recognize that residents are "tired of high taxes."  Lawmakers will hold a public hearing on the 2014 budget this afternoon at 2 PM... and, the formal budget meeting begins at 6:30 tonight.

 

A program that will create tax-free zones across the state to attract and grow new businesses is officially open for business.   Governor Andrew Cuomo today formally launched START-UP NY, a program that will link tax-free zones with public and private colleges across the state, with many of the tax free "communities" to take root up the upstate area.  Cuomo believes no other state in the nation is offering a program like this. Cuomo says there are about 68 start up zones across the state.  Both the SUNY College at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College are eligible to form the zones.  Work is already underway to develop a plan for the Fredonia campus.  Spokesman Mike Barone says they have received confirmation that the SUNY at Fredonia Technology Incubator in downtown Dunkirk is part of the program.  Barone says the confirmation is important for current and future tenants. Barone says the SUNY at Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath has already formed a committee that will develop a plan for the local tax free zones.  The college's new Vice President for Engagement and Economic Development... Dr. Kevin Kearns... is heading up the panel.   

 

A city man wanted on a warrant was arrested late Tuesday morning... and found with a set of metal knuckles in his possession.  City police say an officer spotted 19 year-old Joshua Zavala walking in the area of Regent Street... near Prendergast Avenue shortly after 10 AM.  Officers say he was arrested on the warrant... and, a search uncovered the knuckles.  In addition to the warrant... police charged Zavala with criminal possession of a weapon.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.

 

 

 

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