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News Update for Mon., Sept. 15, 2014


State Police investigating fatal car crash in Warren County...

A Warren County, PA woman was killed yesterday afternoon when her car was struck head-on by another vehicle on Mathews Run Road in Sugar Grove Township.  State Police in Warren say 72 year-old Jeanette Ickes of Youngsville was southbound just after 3 p.m. when her car was struck by the other vehicle.  Troopers say the other driver, 54 year-old Laurie Steber of Sugar Grove, was northbound on Mathews Run when her car went into the on-coming lane of traffic for an unknown reason.  Police say Ickes was prounced dead at the scene... while Steber suffered moderate injuries.  The investigation into the crash is continuing.


Reed continuing to weigh vote on continued air strikes, supporting Iraqi and Syrian troops fighting ISIS...

Chautauqua County's Congressman says he appreciates President Obama's speech last week on the need to respond to the threat posed by ISIS -- or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  However... Corning Republican Tom Reed says he's continuing to weigh input from residents in the 23rd Congressional District... and, military leaders leading up to a vote on supporting Iraqi and Syrian opposition forces.  Reed hosted two Town Hall meetings over the weekend... and, says while people are "war-weary..." they also recognize the threat ISIS has become -- and, may remain in the future.  Congress will vote on supporting such a move.  It's believed that the president will ask for $500,000 to support the opposition... and, air strikes in the region.  Reed says the "devil will be in the detals..." especially regarding a long-term solution to stamp out Islamic-backed terrorism in the Middle East.  He says he's glad to see members of the international community joining us in a coalition to fight back against ISIS.  The terrorist organization has beheaded two U.S. journalists... and, an English relief worker.


NYS Tax receipts up while income gap grows between rich and lower-income residents grows...

New York tax collections have continued rising despite a growing income gap between its richest residents and everyone else... while a national study shows overall growth in state tax receipts slowing as the income gap widens across the U.S.  State officials say New York's progressive income tax rate, which rises to nearly 9-percent for earnings above $1.03-million, buoys its largest revenue stream for public services and programs.  However, a new Standard & Poor's study suggests gains flowing to the top one-percent come at a broader cost to society, stunting overall economic growth and slowing average yearly gains in states' tax revenues.  It shows New York's annual average state tax revenue growth fell from 9.26-percent from 1950 to 1979 to 5.28-percent in the last decade.

 

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New York is the latest state to confirm cases of a severe respiratory illness among children.  The state health department says there are more than a dozen children infected so far with the Enterovirus EV-D68.  Federal health officials have said it's an uncommon strain in a common family of viruses that cause infections from late summer into the fall.  Chautauqua County Director of Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler told us early last weekend that if your child suffers from respiratory problems... like asthma... and, gets early cold symptoms... get them to their doctor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this year's outbreak is unusually severe and includes serious breathing problems.  The virus usually causes mild cold-like symptoms that last about a week.  Most children recover without lasting problems.  There is no vaccination.  Schuyler urges everyone to practice prevention during this time.  She says that involves hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces and any usual steps to prevent the spread of flu.  The CDC says has confirmed cases in six other states as of Friday.

 

One person has been arrested following a large fight that occured shortly before closing at a bar on Jamestown's eastside early Sunday morning.  City police were called to the Bullfrog Hotel at 1414 East Second Street shortly before 2 AM... and, found several people had been hurt.  While Alstar Ambulance responded to the scene to treat those hurt... no one had to be transported to the hospital.  Officers say their investigation led to the arrest of 45 year-old Shawn Savaree... who had been involved in the fight... and, allegedly assaulted a woman at the bar.  Savaree is also accused of resisting arrest... and, had to be subdued and forced into a patrol car so he could be taken to the city jail.  He was jailed on charges of third-degree assault... resisting arrest... and, obstruction of governmental administration.

 

Despite some noise being made by his opponent in last week's Democratic State Primary... incumbant Governor Andrew Cuomo is in good shape to win a second-term in office.  That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... a fellow Democrat who has long been a supporter of Cuomo's.  Teresi says he doesn't agree with everything Cuomo has done... but, adds there are some things he's done as mayor Cuomo may not agree with.  Still... while challenger Zephyr Teachout received 34-percent of the vote... Teresi believes Cuomo is the best man to lead the state.
Cuomo took most of the heat from the liberal end of the Democrat Party for not pushing for a "Millionaire's" tax... and, for eliminiating the Corporate Income Tax in the current year's budget.  While Cuomo was criticized by liberals for allowing more tax breaks to businesses, and the wealthy... it's been received positively upstate.  Teresi says there have been a number of positives to Cuomo's first term.  On the other hand... Cuomo says Teachout ran a good campaign... and, brought up a "lot of good issues" he feels were worthy of bring brought up.  Teresi made his comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's two main election rivals are again calling for debates, though they don't agree on who should participate.  Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins says that he should be included in debates along with Cuomo and the Republican candidate... Westchester County executive Rob Astorino.  Astorino has proposed as many as eight two-man debates against Cuomo, a Democrat.  He has said third party candidates shouldn't be permitted.  Cuomo has said he believes he believes he will participate in debates before the November election, but he'll let the campaigns work out the details.  Cuomo refused to debate his primary opponent, law professor Zephyr Teachout. He won Tuesday's primary 62 percent to 34 percent.  Teachout says Friday that Hawkins should be allowed to debate.

 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children's products... saying the chemicals have been linked to developmental delays in children and rare cancers in firefighters when treated furniture burns.  The New York Democrat says studies have also shown that the 10 most toxic retardants in the padding of furniture and children's products like crib mattresses and changing table pads are not effective in reducing fire risks.  According to Schumer's office... a study by the Environmental Working Group and Duke University published in August found children at particular risk from closer contact with the products and dust particles that contain the toxins.  The bill would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban the 10 and review all other chemical flame retardants.

 

Officials at the Dunkirk School District are hoping to land a 500-thousand dollar yearly state Pathway in Technology Early College High School -- or P-Tech -- Grant that would allow students to earn their associates degree.  Under the proposed educational training program... the Dunkirk School District would serve as the lead educational agency with BOCES serving as the facilitator.  School Superintendent Gary Cerne (Sir-Nee) says students at the middle school level would be given the opportunity to enroll in the unique learning environment.
The 2-year debree program would be open to students at all area school districts.  The curriculum would include: welding, mechanical technology and precision machining.  The grant money would be used to help pay the tuition costs with Jamestown Community College serving as the educational partner.  School officials plan to file for the grant next week Friday... and, anticipate an answer this November.

 

News Update! for Fri. night, Sept. 12, 2014


(**Update!)EV-D68 virus now confirmed in NYS...

New York has became the latest state to confirm cases of a severe respiratory illness among children.  The state health department says there are more than a dozen children infected so far with enterovirus EV-D68.  Federal health officials have said it's an uncommon strain in a common family of viruses that cause infections from late summer into the fall.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this year's outbreak is unusually severe and includes serious breathing problems.  The virus usually causes mild cold-like symptoms that last about a week. Most children recover without lasting problems.  There is no vaccination.  Prevention involves hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces and any usual steps to prevent the spread of flu.  First identified in California in 1962... EV-D68has been rare in the U.S. The CDC says has confirmed cases in six other states as of Friday.


Schuyler says is was just a matter of time before Enterovirus makes it's way to New York; she urges parents to especially be on the look-out...

It's considered a rare virus... but, it's now spread to more a dozen states... and, is now in New York state.  It's technical name is Enterovirus D-68.  That from Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler... who says it was likely just a matter of time before it gets here.  No cases have been confirmed in Chautauqua County at this point.  Schuyler says when the virus hits... the symptoms are often like that of the common cold.  However... she says it can soon trigger mild to serious respiratory illness -- including fever, runny nose and sneezing.  But... she says it can progress to difficulty in breathing -- especially children with asthma -- or other respiratory problems.  Schuyler says if your child has such problems -- including severe allegies -- and, they develope the breathing issues... get them to your doctor or a health care official right away.  She says... just like with a cold or the flu... there are ways to avoid getting the Enterovirus.  One is covering your cough... and, washing your hands.  People should also stay home if they're sick.  Enterovirus is spread through the air... and, is now in about a dozen states -- mainly in the mid-west.


City man arrested for criminal drug possession...

A Jamestown man sought by police has been found on the city's eastside... in possession of illegal drugs, and a hypodermic needle.  City officers were called to the area of Crescent and Buffalo Streets just after 11 this morning.  Police say they were looking for 32 year-old Matthew Caldwell... who was sought on a court warrant.  Officers say they located Caldwell, who they say gave them a false name... and, he was arrested.  Police say they found him in possession of a large number of Suboxone strips... a controlled substance... and, the hypodermic needle.  Caldwell is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... criminal possession of a hypodermic needle... and, False personation.  He's jailed pending arraignment.


Fall Festival of Bands set to go at Strider Field tomorrow night...

Nine marching bands are set to compete in the annual Fall Festival of Bands tomorrow night at Strider Field in Jamestown.  The event is organized by the JHS Band Boosters to benefit the Jamestown marching band.  The Red Raiders show this year is called "Goldrush."  Jacob Sandstrom, one of the JHS Drum Majors, says fans will be impressed.  Sandstrom says it's a high paced show that's similar to what they did last year.  Bands from Eisenhower, Falconer, Pioneer, Hornell, and Wellsville will be on the field for the early part of the Fall Festival, followed by bands from West Seneca, Jamestown, Albion, Pennsylvania, and Orchard Park.  Tickets for the show at $6 at the gate.  The program begins Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.  JHS Band Director Meghan Murray says the Festival of Bands will run 'rain or shine'.  They have plans to move the show indoors if it should rain. 

 

 

News Update for Fri., Sept. 12, 2014


Schuyler says just a matter of time before Enterovirus makes it's way to New York; she urges parents to especially be on the look-out...

It's considered a rare virus... but, it's now spread to a dozen states... and, it will likely make it's way into New York state at some point.  It's technical name is Enterovirus D-68.  That from Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler... who says there have been no reported cases in New York yet... but, it's likely just a matter of time before it gets here.  Schuyler says when the virus hits... the symptoms are often like that of the common cold.  However... she says it can soon trigger mild to serious respiratory illness -- including fever, runny nose and sneezing.  But... she says it can progress to difficulty in breathing -- especially children with asthma -- or other respiratory problems.  Schuyler says if your child has such problems -- including severe allegies -- and, they develope the breathing issues... get them to your doctor or a health care official right away.  She says... just like with a cold or the flu... there are ways to avoid getting the Enterovirus.  One is covering your cough... and, washing your hands.  People should also stay home if they're sick.  Enterovirus is spread through the air... and, is now in about a dozen states -- mainly in the mid-west.  The nearest state to New York where the virus has been found is Ohio.


City man arrested for criminal drug possession...

A Jamestown man sought by police has been found on the city's eastside... in possession of illegal drugs, and a hypodermic needle.  City officers were called to the area of Crescent and Buffalo Streets just after 11 this morning.  Police say they were looking for 32 year-old Matthew Caldwell... who was sought on a court warrant.  Officers say they located Caldwell, who they say gave them a false name... and, he was arrested.  Police say they found him in possession of a large number of Suboxone strips... a controlled substance... and, the hypodermic needle.  Caldwell is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... criminal possession of a hypodermic needle... and, False personation.  He's jailed pending arraignment.


Fall Festival of Bands set to go at Strider Field tomorrow night...

Nine marching bands are set to compete in the annual Fall Festival of Bands tomorrow night at Strider Field in Jamestown.  The event is organized by the JHS Band Boosters to benefit the Jamestown marching band.  The Red Raiders show this year is called "Goldrush."  Jacob Sandstrom, one of the JHS Drum Majors, says fans will be impressed.  Sandstrom says it's a high paced show that's similar to what they did last year.  Bands from Eisenhower, Falconer, Pioneer, Hornell, and Wellsville will be on the field for the early part of the Fall Festival, followed by bands from West Seneca, Jamestown, Albion, Pennsylvania, and Orchard Park.  Tickets for the show at $6 at the gate.  The program begins Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.  JHS Band Director Meghan Murray says the Festival of Bands will run 'rain or shine'.  They have plans to move the show indoors if it should rain. 

 

 

WJTN News Headlines


An expert in illegal drug use says -- from her observations -- outreach to drug addicts in the Jamestown-area is "desperately needed."  That from Dr. Karen McElrath... who was one of three panelists for last night's Community Education Program on the Heroin epidemic in the area.  McElrath -- who has done a lot of research in the U-S and Ireland -- is a Criminal Justice professor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.  She told a full-house at Jamestown Community College's Scharmann Theater that a couple of Outreach Liasons can help addicts... and, their doctors. McElrath says stopping the use of needles will reduce the spread of diseases -- like Hepatitus "C."  She adds primary care doctors don't have the background to fully deal with drug addiction.  Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings told the audience his department recognized more than two years ago that drugs and drug addiction was fueling about 90-percent of their crime.  With that... they have come down hard on drug traffickers... with several recent raids.  Last night's program was hosted by the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Health Care Action Team.

 

Jamestown police have formed a new collaboration with Ellicott Town Police to deal with drug-related crime in the Greater Jamestown-area.  Mayor Sam Teresi says the collaboration with other agencies really isn't new... but, adds that city Police have been working a lot with the Ellicott Department on recent investigations... so, a more formal title was the logical next step. Ellicott Police officials say -- while there is a new task force in place -- it does NOT change their agreement in place with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  In addition... Ellicott Police Detective Brad Knight says they've established their own Tip-line for people who want to leave information... but, want to do it confidentially.  Knight says the timing is right... because people seem less and less inclined to give information if they have to give their name.  Knight says their tip-line number is 241-9877... that's 241-9877.  The line is available 24-hours, 7-days a week.  The line has only been up a couple of days... and, police say they've received no tips as yet.

 

The first mother-and-son team to head up the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's annual campaign called on volunteers to make a difference in the Greater Jamestown-area.  Melissa and Shane Uber are heading up this year's effort... and, Melissa says it's "great" to finally 'kick-off' the campaign after spending several months working behind the scenes to put together their team of volunteers.  She says her family has been involved with the United Way for many years. Melissa Uber says this year's General Campaign goal is 1.32-million dollars... which is about 5-thousand dollars more than last year.  Officials stress that all the money raised stays in the Jamestown-area for local human services agencies... and, the United Way itself.  Shane Uber says says it's a "great way to give back to the community."  This year's theme is the "Difference Your Dollar Can Make" to emphasize how all donations... big and small... can make a difference.  The campaign benefits 42 programs at 20 different human service agencies.  For more information... call the United Way at 483-1561.

 

Thursday afternoon's kick-off for the United Way Campaign was held on September 11th as part of the National Day of Service and Rememberance.  United Way volunteers were on hand at the Boys and Girls Club earlier assembling activity kits for the Parents as Teachers program at the Jamestown Community Learning Council.  Campaign Co-Chair Melissa Uber says more than 100 families will be helped by the effort. Also during the program... United Way volunteers heard from "Alexandra..." who took part in the literacy program to help improve her children's early reading skills... and, their readiness for school.  Alexandra was helped by specially-trained home visitors in the program.

 

Portions of two streets in downtown Jamestown that recently underwent surface milling So they could be re-surfaced... will be paved today and Saturday.  City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says DPW crews will be paving West Third Street from Washington Street to North Main today... and, West Second Street from Washington to North Main on Saturday, the 13th.  Lehman urges motorists to arrange their travel to avoid those areas during the day-time hours.  He says all vehicles must be moved off the street... and, out of the parking lots -- if they are to be used that day -- by no later than 7 AM each day.  Lehman says the road will be closed within the project area each day.   Motorists must use alternate routes of travel.  Also... use extra caution while driving near these and other construction areas.

 

The state has posted its first fall foliage map for the leaf-peeping season.  Tourism officials posted the initial map yesterday on the I Love New York website with field observers saying fall colors are already beginning to appear in the Adirondacks, Catskills and Thousand Islands regions.

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It appears that all four candidates running for Chautauqua County Family Court Judge will have party lines for the November 4th general elections.  However... that could change depending absentee ballots.  That from Republican County Elections Commissioner Brian Abram who says all the results from the primary elections are unofficial.
There is a question about whether the results in the Green Party race will stand.  Abram says Michael Sullivan of Fredonia leads James Spann of Westfield by one vote, 3-to-2.  He says there is a real possibility that the Green Party winner could change due to the small number of voters involved.  According to the unofficial results -- again... Jeffrey Piazza has won the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines.  Sally Jaroszynski defeated James Spann for the Democratic party line... and, Spann has won the Working Families Party line. 

 

Governor Cuomo's bumpy win in New York's Democratic primary is energizing his general election opponents.  Republican Rob Astorino told Talk 1300 Radio Wednesday that liberal Zephyr Teachout's 34 percent showing exposed big problems for the governor within his own party.  Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins says disaffected Democrats should support him in the November election.  Cuomo won 62 percent to win Tuesday's primary after spending much of the race publicly ignoring Teachout.

 

Several thousand mourners were at a downtown Rochester arena yesterday for funeral services for a city police officer killed in the line of duty last week.  Daryl Pierson's funeral began shortly before noon Wednesday at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial.   Authorities say the 32-year-old officer was fatally shot last Wednesday night by a man wanted for a parole violation who fled from a traffic stop.  Pierson's partner shot and wounded the suspect.

 

The Jamestown Public School year is off to "a great start."  That from Superintendent Tim Mains to the school board at Tuesday night's meeting.  Mains reported that he had been able to get to all the school buildings by last Friday... and, was pleased with what he saw.  He says he was back at another school this morning. Mains says this year's opening went smoother than his first opening when he became Superintendent in August of last year.  As for overall school enrollment... he says the numbers appear stable right now... though there has been some fluxuation in the elementary schools.  Mains says there are some "large Kindergarten" classes at one school... and, they're talking with the principal about shifting some personnel.  The Jamestown District held a half-day of classes for everyone last Wednesday to provide another half-day of staff development before the first full day of school last Thursday.  Mains says the district did a lot of staff development during the Summer to prepare teachers for the second full-year of Common Core instruction.

 

The Jamestown School District has received a 623-thouands dollar grant to help coach and mentor teachers and principals to help students meet the new, "rigorous" learning standards.  The district's director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Jessie Joy, applied for the 'Strengthening Teacher, and Leader Effectiveness-3 Program' grant.  During Tuesday night's school board meeting... Joy outlined the grant... and, program the district has put in place to provide 'on-the-job' training for those needing help. With that... Joy says two teachers have been taken out of teaching entirely... and, will focus strictly on working with teachers and educational leaders on teaching Common Core.  She says their salaries will be paid for the year through the grant.  Joy adds there are others who will continue teaching... but, will also work with staff... and, do one-on-one mentoring.  They will receive stipends for their added responsiblities.  Joy says some 22 teachers are involved with this aspect of the program.  She adds they are still working on a program for the district's school principals.

 

Gas prices in the Jamestown-area remain at about 3-dollars-72 cents a gallon this week.  That from the Triple A's Regional Fuel Gauge Report... which says the price was a fraction of a penny over last week's price for regular, unleaded, based on reports from 19 area service stations.  On the National scene... with just one week remaining before many parts of the country begin the switch to cheaper winter-blend fuel... the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is 3-dollars-43 cents per gallon.  Triple-A says the national average price for retail gasoline historically declines in the weeks after Labor Day.

 

The Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities has announced the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day scheduled for this Saturday, September 13th, in Falconer, has been cancelled.  DPF Director George Spanos says the hazardous waste drop off was to run from 9 AM to 2 PM at the department's building at 454 North Work Street.  Spanos says "due to a change in contractors, we are in the process of rescheduling the second Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day for 2014."  He says the events have been "a great opportunity for residents to safely dispose of hazardous items around their homes for free."  He adds that once they have the event rescheduled they will inform residents.  For more information about the county Department of Public Facilities Division of Solid Waste, call TJ at 985-4785... extension 203.

 

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It was a night of big primary wins Tuesday for south county candidates in the race for the second, Chautauqua County Family Court Judge seat.  There were both Republican and Democrat primaries... and, others for third-party lines.  The GOP winner is Jamestown-area Attorney Jeffrey Piazza.  Piazza... who advertised, and used robo calls... defeated Fredonia's Michael Sullivan 61 to 39-percent.  With all 52 polling places reporting... Piazza had 18-hundred-91 votes to Sullivan's 12-hundred-30 votes. 
 
On the Democrat side... another Jamestown-area attorney... and, town Justice, Sally Jaroszynski, defeated James Spann, 13-hundred-95 to 860.  Spann, a town and village attorney in Westfield, was the endorsed candidate.Piazza will also have two other lines in the November 4th election.  He claimed the Conservative line over Sullivan, 122 to 95... and, the Independence Party line with 143 votes... to Sullivan's 66... and, Spann's 48.

 

In the race for governor... Andrew Cuomo won handly in Chautauqua County... but, statewide... liberal challenger Zepher Teachout made a strong showing with 36-percent of the vote.  Cuomo received 60-percent of the vote.  Locally... he had 1,536 votes to Teachout's 624.  Endorsed Lieutenant Govenor candidate Kathy Hochul of Buffalo had 59-percent of the vote to challenge Timothy Wu's 41-percent.  In Chautauqua County... Hochul had 1,712 votes to Wu's 603. 

In the District 12 race for the Independence Party endorsement for Chautauqua County Legislature, Republican Elizabeth Rankin defeated Beth Kresge, 19-to-18.

 

The new, Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force gave two alleged drug dealers a "housewarming" party they won't forget... raiding their southside home one day after they moved in.  City Police Chief Harry Snellings says JPD officers and Ellicott Town Police -- along with the state Police C-NET Team -- raided ths house at 254 Barrett Avenue shortly after Noon Tuesday.  Snellings says they arrested 31 year-old Michael Newton... and, 40 year-old Nicole Campbell... and, found 40 bags of heroin... about 2-and-a-half ounces of "crack" cocaine... a 38-calibur gun... and, 13-thousand dollars cash during the raid. Snellings says Newton is charged with two counts of Felony thid-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He adds Campbell faces one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance... and one of possession of a firearm.  She's also charged with tampering with physical evidence.  Snellings says both will likley be arraigned on the charges sometime later today.

 

There is a way for the community to take part in addressing the heroin epidemic in the Greater Jamestown-area... which has also plagued the rest of the state and nation.  Residents are being urged to attend Thursday night's Community Education Program entitled "Striking Back at the White Plague."  The program is being hosted by the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission's Health Care Action Team at 7 PM in the Scharmann Theater.  Council President Greg Rabb promoted the program as a way for people to learn more... and, find out how they can help. Mayor Sam Teresi encouraged people to attend... and, support the efforts of police, and city officials to get the drug traffickers off the streets.  Police Chief Harry Snellings says the public has been very active in helping with their investigations... adding their 483-TIPS Tip-line has an average of 10 to 15 messages on it every day... and, some calls come from outside the Jamestown-area.  Those are sometimes regarding Jamestown cases... others are elsewhere.   Again... the tip-line number is 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

An ex-convict from Olean has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison for trafficking Heroin in the Cattaraugus County city.  The Buffalo News reports 26 year-old James Hovey (Huh-Vee) received the term from County Court Judge Ronald Ploetz following Hovey's conviction on criminal sale, and attempted sales of Heroin.  Hovey reportedly sold Heroin in Olean twice last February... and, one other time on May 9th.  He had been jailed since that incident following a lengthy investigation.  Hovey was spared three consecutive prison terms on the charges since he was a repeat Felon.

 

The two homeless men suspected of shooting and killing a New York concert violinist during a robbery in the town of Westfield last August have been formally arraigned on federal charges.  The U-S Attorney's office in Buffalo says 43 year-old Jonathan Conklin... and, 30 year-old Charles Sanford were arraigned on a federal indictment charging them with carjacking... using a gun during a violent crime... and, weapons possession.  They're accused of killing 61 year-old Mary Whitaker in her summer home on Titus Road back on August 20th.  They were later arrested in nearby Erie, Pennsylvania.  They pleaded not guilty yesterday... and, their next court appearance will be next January 28th.  In addition... Conklin and Sanford are also expected to be charged with murder here in Chautauqua County.

 

U-S News and World Report is out with its latest rankings of colleges across the nation and the State University of New York college at Fredonia once again did well.  Among regional rankings... Fredonia is 41st.  That's up 19 spots from last year's ranking at 60th.  SUNY at Fredonia Spokesman Mike Barone says officials there are pleased. The magazine ranked over 13-hundred colleges and universities across the nation.  Fredonia had the largest year-to-year improvement among Western New York schools. 

 

Administration officials say President Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of moderate Syrian opposition forces.  However... he but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to fight Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.  Obama is scheduled to outline his plans in a rare prime-time address to the nation at 9 tonight.  You can hear that address tonight on WJTN Radio.  The announcement came Tuesday after president huddled with congressional leaders at the White House.

 

U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says it's critically important that the United States strongly confront the insurgent Islamic State organization.  The New York Democrat tells MSNBC she knows that won't be easy.  Gillibrand is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee... and, concedes many Americans are tired of long overseas conflicts.  But... she says people also are concerned about the intentions of the Islamist militant movement in Iraq and Syria.

 

Two people familiar with discussions have told The A--P that Terry and Kim Pegula's bid to buy the Buffalo Bills has been tentatively approved by members of late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.  The next step in the sale process is for the estate to get initial approval from the NFL.  That could come by the end of the week and as early as later in the day.  The two people spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the sale process is private.  The development comes a day after the Buffalo Sabres owners were among at least three prospective ownership groups to submit binding bids to purchase the team.

 

There were a few tense moments... but, no safety problems when shots were reported late yesterday morning in the area of the Youngsville schools in Warren County.  State Police in Warren were called to the scene... and, believe the shots may have some from the area of a field near Route 6 -- some distance from the school.  Troopers say no one was hurt... and, there was never a threat to the school.  Youngsville school officials consulted with police... but, never ordered the school to be locked-down.

News Update for Tues., Sept 9, 2014


Piazza, Jaroszynski big winners locally on Primary Night 2014...

It was a night of big primary wins Tuesday for south county candidates in the race for the second, Chautauqua County Family Court Judge seat.  There were both Republican and Democrat primaries... and, others for third-party lines.  The GOP winner is Jamestown-area Attorney Jeffrey Piazza.  Piazza... who advertised, and used robo calls... defeated Fredonia's Michael Sullivan 61 to 39-percent.  With all 52 polling places reporting... Piazza had 1,891 votes to Sullivan's 1,230.  On the Democrat side... another Jamestown-area attorney... and, town Justice, Sally Jaroszynski, defeated James Spann, 13-hundred-95 to 860.  Spann, a town and village attorney in Westfield, was the endorsed candidate.  Piazza will also have two other lines in the November 4th election.  He claimed the Conservative line over Sullivan, 122 to 95... and, the Independence Party line with 143 votes... to Sullivan's 66... and, Spann's 48.  Spann won the Working Families line... while Sullivan got the Green Party endorsement.
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In the race for governor... Andrew Cuomo won handly in Chautauqua County... but, statewide... liberal challenger Zepher Teachout made a strong showing with 36-percent of the vote.  Cuomo received 60-percent of the vote.  Locally... he had 1,536 votes to Teachout's 624.  Endorsed Lieutenant Govenor candidate Kathy Hochul of Buffalo had 59-percent of the vote to challenge Timothy Wu's 41-percent.  In Chautauqua County... Hochul had 1,712 votes to Wu's 603. 
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In the District 12 race for the Independence Party endorsement for Chautauqua County Legislature, Republican Elizabeth Rankin defeated Beth Kresge, 19-to-18.

News Update! for Tues., Sept. 9, 2014


Latest drug raid in Jamestown on Barrett Ave. nets two arrests, heroin and "crack," gun and cash...

Two people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin and "crack" cocaine in Jamestown... literally one day after they moved into the house they were in.  City Police Chief Harry Snellings says they had been tracking one of the suspects... Michael Newton... who was arrested during this afternoon's raid at 254 Barrett Ave.  Snellings says they and Ellicott police were involved in the raid just after 12 p.m. today.  He says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and State Police C-NET Team were involved as part of the on-going investigation into trafficking both narcotic drugs.  Snellings also says they appreciate their new collaboration with Ellicott police.  In addition to Newton... he says they also arrested another resident, Nichole Campbell, who just moved into the Jamestown-area.  Snellings they seized 40 bags of heroin, 2.4-ounces of "crack" cocaine a 38-calibur hand-gun with ammunition, and $13,000 cash.  Snellings says the arrests are part of the Jamestown Police Department's on-going investigation into illegal narcotics sales in the city that have been on-going for the past two-years.  He says Newton and Campbell will likely be arraigned on Felony drug, and weapons charges tomorrow.  If you have any information on the illegal trafficking of drugs in Jamestown... call city police at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

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The Power is out on the North side of Jamestown after a car struck a utility pole on North Main Street near Tim Hortons this morning. Jamestown Police report that the one car accident happened just after 2:30. There were Apparently no injuries as the driver refused treatment. The power outage affects an area covering Buffalo Street, North Main Street and up to Horton Road.  Board of Public Utilities Crews are working to restore power and hope to have it back sometime this morning.

 

The public is understandably "nervous..." but, pleased that Jamestown police are doing to get drug traffickers off the streets.  That from city council members during last night's work session as City Police continue their crack-down on dealers... with several raids in recent weeks.  Lawmakers commended Chief Harry Snellings... and, his department for their efforts.  Snellings also addressed the recent shooting in the Appleyard Terrace housing complex... which is mainly for low-income residents.  At this point... he says it's not known if it was drug-related.
Snellings did say the number of shooting investigations is up from one last year to three this year... including the one at 188 Falconer Street on July 1st -- which was drug-related.  He says their investigations are on-going... and, that "aggressive" approach started about 2-and-a-half years ago when city officials recognized more drug-activity.  Council President Greg Rabb says city police have done a "pretty good job" in getting a handle on the supply side of the equation.  However... it's getting the "demand" side dealt with that's a big issue now.  That will be part of a public forum at Jamestown Community College's Scharmann Theater this Thursday night at 7 PM. 

 

Jamestown police hope to have two city men -- one who allegedly shot and wounded another man last Tuesday night -- returned to the area by the end of the week.  However... JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says that depends on whether either Trenton Grant, or Isaiah Pearson fights extradiction from Tennessee.  Meantime... the investigation continues into who may have allegedly helped the two 20 year-old men flee the area.  Samuelson says while those people thought they might be "helping" their friends... they too could be arrested... and, may face federal charges, as well. Samuelson says they believe several people may have helped Grant and Pearson get out of the state... then get bus tickets to Jackson, Tennessee.  The allegedly left the state last Thursday... two days after Grant allegedly shot a man in the Appleyard Terrace housing units.  Samuelson says if anyone with information on who may have helped the two fugitives is urged to call City Police at 483-7537... or call their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

Today's New York state primary is getting a lot of attention... but, it's not expected to bring out many additional Democrats or Republicans.  The main point Chautauqua County Elections Commissioners Brian Abram and Norm Green want local residents to know is that ALL polls in Chautauqua County open at 12 Noon today... and, voting continues until 9 PM.  Abram... the county's GOP Commissioner... says the polls do NOT open here at 6 AM as they do in the Buffalo-area.  As for turn-out... Abram says they would like 25 to 30-percent... but, don't expect it.
The big vote in Chautauqua County is for the Democratic and Republican candidates for the county's second Family Court Judge.  The state recently approved a second Family Court seat.  Abram says there are two Republicans... Mike Sullivan and Jeff Piazza... facing off.  In addition.. there are two Democrats... James Spann and Sally Jaroszynski.  The Board of Elections says reports Sullivan, Piazza and Spann are also seeking the Conservative and Independence Party endorsements... while Sullivan and Spann are seeking the Working Families' Party backing.  One other local race is for the County Legislature District 12 Independence Party endorsement between Democrat Beth Kresge... and, Republican Elizabeth Rankin.

 

A Jamestown man faces several charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of a serious car crash in the town of North Harmony after his speeding car went out of control early Sunday night.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Spooner Road just after 5 PM for a single-car accident... and, found the vehicle had gone down an embankment... and, struck several trees.  Further investigation led to the arrest of 25 year-old Paul Miller... who was caught a short distance from the scene.  At the time of the accident... deputies say Miller had a 15 year-old passenger in his vehicle.  He's been charged with Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Endangering the Welfare of a Child... and, Resisting Arrest.  Miller is also accused of violating his parole.  Miller was arraigned in North Harmony Town Court... and, sent to the County Jail without bail.

 

A-A-R-P says many Baby Boomers plan to leave New York as they retire and take a slice of the state's economy with them.  The group says its survey shows 60 percent of working New Yorkers over 50 say they're likely to go elsewhere in retirement, taking an estimated 105-billion dollars, or more of annual spending.  AARP says the statewide survey shows 40 percent worry about paying rent or mortgages... 56 percent are extremely or very worried about paying property taxes... 51 percent worry about utility bills and most are looking for improvements in health care, housing, transportation and jobs for older residents.  Spokesman Erik Kriss says the survey of 407 registered voters has a margin of error of 5 percent.  Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964.

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