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News Alert for Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014

(**Bulletin)Elite Midwestern collegiate wood bat, Prospect League, to play in Jamestown starting next season....

It took less than two months to find a comparable replacement for the Jamestown Jammers Class-A Baseball team to play at Russell E. Diethrick Park.  City officials, members of the Jamestown Baseball Advisory Committee, and officials with the Prospect League, and RS Entertainment announced this afternoon that the league's Lorain, Ohio franchise would be relocating to Jamestown in 2015.  RS Partner Kevin Rhomberg, was among those on hand for the announcement at home plate at Diethrick Park.  Rhomberg says they're excited to be bringing their brand of collegiate star-baseball to Jamestown.  The new franchise, which doesn't have a name yet, will play 60-games next season in the 12-team league.



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Air travelers can now begin booking flights from the Greater Chautauqua-Jamestown Airport -- Robert H. Jackson Field with the airport's new carrier -- Sun Air Express.  Chautauqua County officials... and, representatives of Sun Air were in Jamestown today to announce details of the air service... which begins this Saturday morning.  Airport Manager Bill Tucker says they're excited to have Sun Air providing 24 weekly round trip flights to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tucker says Sun Air... which is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida... is an independent regional carrier... which means it doesn't have to answer to a bigger, parent company.  However... he says there will be plenty of connecting opportunities to other locations.  Tucker adds they're going to be using smaller, Piper Navajo Chieftan planes.  He says they're eight-seat aircraft... and, he says passengers will be dropped off at the intersection of all the main concourses in Pittsburgh.  Sun Air officials add that local travelers will enjoy single-ticket, low-fare conections to more than 40 cities served non-stop from Pittsburgh.  Ticket prices begin at 29-dollars when booked on-line at Flysunairexpress-dot-COM.  For more information... you can also call 1-(877)-849-4998.


An Ashville man is jailed on 20-thousand dollars bail for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl.  Sheriff's Deputies say they recently began investigating allegations that 57 year-old Edwin "Chino" Millan of Church Street was having the inappropriate relationship with the juvenile.  Officers were assisted by county Child Protective Services... and, the Child Advocacy Program... and, charged Millan with two counts each of first-degree sexual abuse... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Officers say Millan was arrested without incident... arraigned in North Harmony Town Court... and, sent to the county lock-up.

There won't be any further cuts... but, nothing will be added to the police and fire department budgets in the city of Jamestown next year.  That from City Council President Greg Rabb... who says lawmakers this week met with Police Chief Harry Snellings and Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey about their spending plans.  Rabb says -- in the minds of council members... there is nothing more important than public safety.  He says that's especially when it comes to "cracking down" on drug dealers. However... Rabb says fire also faces similar issues with fires in vacant buildings... or being called to an alleged "Meth" house... like they have in recent days.  He says Snellings has asked for a number of items to be returned, or added to the budget... but, he says that's not going to happen.  Rabb adds they also learned that getting assets from drug forefeitures can be a tricky matter... and, he says the department needs a new patrol car.  Rabb adds a request for more officers can't be filled due to budgetary constraints.  The budget hearing will be on Monday, November 17th at 6 PM in City Council Chambers.


Jamestown's new Veteran's Memorial Park will be officially dedicated a week from this Saturday as the city's Veteran's Commission nears it's fund-raising goal.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says most of the major work has been completed at what had unofficially been called "Logan Park."  Teresi says completion of the project has been a long-time coming... but, says it's been well-worth it.  He urges residents to be there on Saturday, November 8th, at 10 AM. Teresi says the final cost will be 150-thousand dollars... and, he commended those heading up the mainly private effort by Chairman Ron Cotton of the Veteran's Commission... and, it's members -- including Councilman George Spitale.  The commission still needs 65-hundred dollars to reach it's goal.  Teresi says the city's Public Works... and, the Parks and Recreation Departments... have been very involved in getting the memorial in place.  City lawmakers this past Monday night unanimously voted to name the park "Veteran's Memorial Park."


The problem of "Zombie" properties across the state -- and parts of Chautauqua County -- has been raised by the challenger in the 150th District Assembly race.  Democrat Barrie Yochim says he backs legislation being pushed by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the 'Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief' Act.  It would require banks to notify homeowners who've fallen behind in mortgage payments that they are still allowed to live in the home during the foreclosure process.  They would also be given every opportunity to catch up on mortgage payments.  Yochim says it  would also require the bank to take over the upkeep and maintenance of the property if the homeowner leaves before the foreclosure is completed. Yochim's opponent... incumbent Republican Andy Goodell... opposes the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act since it could result in higher interest rates and liability costs for all property owners. Yochim says he understands Goodell's concerns, but says it's worth the effort.  He says he's for this "bottom up" approach that will help people trying to stay in their homes.  When the legislation was announced announced earlier this year... there were over 15-thousand properties across the state involved in "zombie" foreclosures.  


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have fallen almost five-cents a gallon this week to just over 3-dollars-46 cents.  That from the Triple-A's weekly Fuel Gauge report... which says the price for regular, unleaded is based on reports from 18 service stations in the area.  The Fuel Gauge reports the actual price is now 3-dollars-46.5 cents... compared to last week’s 3--51.2.  The average price for unleaded, regular now in New York is just over 3-dollars-40 cents.  Nationally... the average price is now 3-dollars-3 cents per gallon, the lowest mark since December 27th of 2010.  Today’s price is six cents less than one week ago.


The retiring director of the St. Susan's Center in Jamestown says she's just as "passionate" about her work now as the day she first began as a volunteer at the soup kitchen.  Center Director Sue Colwell was honored last night for her eight years of work at the Water Street location... especially her past five as director.  A retirement party for Colwell was held at St. Susan's for Colwell... who says it's been an overwhelming experience. Colwell says it's hard to pick out what she's most proud of during her near decade of service.  However... she says a large part of it is the people she's worked with -- directly and indirectly.  As for the future... Colwell says she's going back to being a volunteer because she says she "wants to still be involved."   Colwell has presided over the faith-based organization... which has been housed the past several years in the Gateway Center... during a time of unprecidented growth.  However... Colwell says the community response to the need has been phenominal.  Her last day is Friday.  New Director Jeff Smith officially takes over Saturday.


New infestations by two devastating forest pests have been detected at opposite ends of New York state, endangering pines in Long Island and hemlocks in a rugged canyon south of Buffalo.  A Cornell Cooperative Extension scientist discovered a tree infested by hemlock woolly adelgid this fall in Deer Lick Conservation Area in Cattaraugus County.


State environmental officials say remaining deer management permits will be available to hunters beginning Saturday.  The state DEC has announced that the permits in some wildlife management units will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Deer management permits allow hunters to take antlerless deer in specific wildlife management units as a way to control deer populations.  The remaining permits are in areas where the target has not been reached.







News Update for Mon., Oct. 27, 2014

(**Alert)Pagan appointed to City Council...

The Jamestown City Council has unanimously approved the Rev. Alfonso Pagan to be the new representative from Ward-Three.  Lawmakers okayed Mayor Sam Teresi's appointment at Monday night's meeting.  Pagan replaces Tamara Dickey, who resigned from the panel last week due to a job promotion that would take her out of town more often.  Pagan is pastor of the First Covenant Church's Hispanic branch, which meets at the church.  He is the first Hispanic member of the city council in nearly 20 years.  More tomorrow.



News Update for Mon., Oct. 27, 2014

**JHS Band back victorious from state championships in Syracuse...

The JHS Red Raider Marching Band is back from the state championships in Syracuse, after winning the Large Division-2 title.  We have a picture on our Facebook page, and full details later on our Media One Group stations!!!


Accused sex offender from Falconer gets 20 years in prison, 20 years post-release supervision...

A Falconer man will spend the next 20 years in state prison following his guilty plea to first-degree Criminal Sex Act in Chautauqua County Court.  District Attorney David Foley says 29 year-old Brandon Byard received the sentence this morning from County Court Judge John Ward.  Foley adds that Byard will also spend 20 years in post-release supervision.  He says the plea and sentence -- "send a clear message that we are committed to prosecuting child sexual cases to the fullest extent of the law."  Foley also commended the Jamestown and Ellicott Police Departments... and, Child Advocacy Program for their dedication to investigating these incidents.  He says he was pleased with the outcome because it helps the victims "avoid the necessity and trauma of a trial."

Teresi calls Jamestown receiving $1.6-million in federal funding for part of Rivewalk Project...

The city of Jamestown is receiving $1.6-million in federal transporation funding for the city's ongoing Riverwalk Project.  The announcement was made earlier today by Governor Andrew Cuomo... who says the city is getting the largest amount of funding outside of New York City.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says this is "absolutely huge" for the city... and, says they're thrilled to be receving the money.  Teresi says the money will be used to construct two pedestrian bridges connecting the south and north shores of the riverwalk's path.  He says, linking the southside with the northside of the Chadakoin River -- connecting the train station and Gateway Park project -- will enhance the riverwalk's use.  Teresi says the first span will connected the Riverwalk's northside -- behind the Gateway Train Station -- to Panzarella Island on the Board of Public Utilities' campus.  The second bridge will like the northside to the south near the former Evan's Skateland building is located.  Teresi says the city is receiving private funding to cover the approximately $400,000 needed to cover the local share of the project.

Tractor operator in Cattaraugus County seriously hurt after tractor is struck from behind by SUV...

A Cattarugus County man is being treated for serious injuries after his tractor was struck from behind by a Sports Utility Vehicle last Saturday night in New Albion.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say the Ford Explorer... driven by 25 year-old Lyndsay Feuerstein of Cattaraugus... was southbound on Route 353 when the vehicle struck the unregistered tractor.  The tractor's driver, 68 year-old Thomas Flattery of Cattaraugus, was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of head, neck and back injuries.  Deputies say Feuerstein was treated for facial and arm injuries at Bertran-Chaffee Hospital in Springville.  No charges were filed.

WJTN News Headlines

Four people were hurt -- two seriously -- in a single-car accident early last weekend in the Cattaraugus County Town of Perrysburg.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say the driver... who was not identified... was northbound on North Road about 2 AM Saturday when the operator lost control of the vehicle.  Deputies say the car went off the road... and, slammed into a telephone pole before overturning.  Officers say the driver, and front seat passenger, were flown by medivac helicopters to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment.  Deputies say two backseat passengers were taken by ambulance to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries.  Officers say several fire rescue crews responded.  The investigation is continuing... and, charges are pending.


Police have found the dead body of a Cattaraugus County man who went missing in the town of Freedom last Wednesday afternoon.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were notified late last Wednesday that 22 year-old Jared Kraft had been missing since he was last seen by family leaving his home on Route 98 about 2:30 PM.  Deputies say they were told that Kraft was believed to be distraught, and was carrying a guitar case concealing a rifle.  Officers brought in a K-9 unit... and, state police helicopter to find the man.  However... none of their searches were successful until Kraft's body was found in a small, wooded area of the town of Freedom last Saturday night.  Sheriff's officers say their investigation is ongoing... and, if you have any information on the case... contact them at 938-9191.


A Dunkirk man has repaid the Lakeshore Midget Football League nearly 5-thousand dollars he allegedly stole from the organization earlier this fall.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's investigators say they arrested 41 year-old Allen Carlson, Junior for allegedly taking the money... which belonged to the league... to pay off debt he owed.  Carlson was League Treasurer at the time.  He's accused of taking 47-hundred-85 dollars from this past September 8th through October 15th.  Officers say the league is comprised of 10 teams from across the county... including Sherman-Ripley, Bemus Point, Southwestern, Frewsburg, Cassadaga, Falconer and Panama.  Deputies say Carlson allegedly took the money from the league's account for two months before someone spotted it.  Once they were alerted to the situation... Sheriff's investigators looked into the matter... and, Carlson was arrested for Grand Larceny.  They say he did pay the league back the same day of his arrest.  Carlson will appear in Chauauqua Town Court at a later date.


The Jamestown High School Marching Band has taken the top spot in its division at the annual state championships.  The Red Raiders competed Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse against six other bands in the 'Large School 2' category.  Jamestown finished with an 89.60 score.  The band from Webster, NY came in second at 87.10.  Jamestown's presentation, called Gold Rush, is an original show that captures the excitement and challenge of discovering gold in California in the 1800's. The group has been working on perfecting the show since the summer.  The band buses are expected back at Jefferson School around 5 this afternoon.  Members of the public are invited to greet the championship band as they return home. 


Democratic Congressional candidate Martha Robertson says incumbant Tom Reed has distorted her record of support for the NRG Repowering project in Chautauqua County.  However... Reed stands by his comments regarding Robertson... and, the support she's received from the Sierra Club... which is suing the Public Service Commission over it's approval of the project.  While Robertson is now voicing support of repowering the plant with natural gas... that wasn't her stand in the beginning.  On our "Community Spotlight" program last weekend... Reed says she supported repowering with a type of "green energy....." Reed also says that he's been behind the repowering effort since Day-One.  However... Robertson says she's been supportive since the beginning, also.  She adds that she was also on hand when Governor Cuomo traveled to Dunkirk last December to announce approval of the project.  Robertson says she stood with the "working families of Chautauqua County... and, Reed was not there.  Robertson says that, while she has the backing of the Sierra Club... she doesn't agree with them 100-percent of the time.  However... Reed says Robertson also has the financial backing 24 members of the Ratepayer group that has also signed onto the lawsuit against the PSC.


The governors of New Jersey and New York say they're issuing a mandatory quarantine for travelers who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients in West Africa.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said a health care worker who had contact with Ebola patients in Africa already has been quarantined even though she has no symptoms.  They say the woman landed Friday at Newark-Liberty Airport.


Republican candidate Rob Astorino has raised another 711-thousand dollars for his challenge against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and is entering the final weeks of the campaign with a little over one-million dollars in his campaign account.  Cuomo's campaign reported that it had raised an additional 731-thousand dollars since October 4th... and, has $15.8 million on hand.


News Update for Fri., Oct. 24, 2014

Another city man arrested during third Meth Lab bust in two days...

The execution of a Felony warrant on Jamestown's southside has led to the discovery of another "one-pot" Methamphetime Lab.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were looking for 27 year-old Steven Whalen at 115 Wilton Ave. Thursday afternoon, when they found the suspect.  Samuelson says he was wanted for violating his probation.  He says officers spotted items used to make meth... and, arrested Whalen.  Samuelson adds they called in members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... and, they obtained a search warrant... and, found even more materials.  The state Police C-NET, and Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, were also called in, and they found the lab between the attic and basement areas.  Samuelson says no manufactured Meth has been found as yet.  However... he says the CCSERT Team was able to safely remove the materials from the home.  Samuelson says the operation was taking place with a 3 year-old living in the home.  With that... Whalen faces charges including unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetime... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Samuelson says they can't completely put their finger on it... but, says the recent proliferation of Meth Labs appears to be driven by demand... which is why they're asking the public for any tips they may have.  He says it helped in shutting down these three.  Samuelson says more charges are pending against Whelen.. and, more arrests are expected.  If you have any information on the illegal trafficking of drugs in the city... call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

Two Dunkirk residents arrested for alleged Heroin sales...

Dunkirk Police... along with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force... have cracked down on Heroin sales in the north county city... and, have made two arrests within 24 hours.  Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the arrests involved the same location on West 2nd St.  Ortolano says 36 year-old Yolanda Maldonado-Classen was arrested for allegedly selling the drug to undercover drug agents.  Yesterday... he says 41 year-old Raymond Santiago-Rodriguez was taken into custody for allegedly doing the same thing.  The charges against both include third-degree criminal sale... and, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance stemming from an ongoing investigation into sales of the narcotic drug.  Ortolano says the heroin addiction problem continues to grow, not only locally, but across the "entire country."  Maldonado-Classen and Rodriguez were scheduled to be arraigned in Dunkirk City Court... and, are expected to be remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville.




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