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News Update!! for Fri., Aug. 29, 2014


(**Alert)State Police say remains found at Lake Erie State Park are those of a human fetus...

Authorities say the human remains found on the Lake Erie Shoreline in Lake Erie State Park Friday afternoon are those of a human fetus.  State Police are handling the investigation... and, revealed the results of an examination performed by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office during a news conference in Dunkirk.  Lieutenant Brian Ratajezak... an investigator with State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation made the announcement... saying the fetus's gestation age was about 18 to 24 weeks.  Ratajezak says they've been working with District Attorney David Foley's office -- among others.  Ratajezak says the fetus apparently had been separated from the mother for approximately two to three weeks.  A family walking the shoreline in the town of Portland made the discovery and call 9-1-1.  Ratajezak says State Police are trying to locate the mother... and, determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.  They are looking for the public's help in learning what happened.  Anyone with information is being asked to the contact the State Police in Jamestown at 665-3114.

News Update for Fri., Aug. 29, 2014


Press conference this afternoon to deal with human remains found on shoreline of Lake Erie State Park...

A press conference is being held this afternoon in Dunkirk on the death of a person whose remains were found along the Lake Erie shoreline near Lake Erie State Park.  Investigator Robert Murray today confirms a passerby found the remains... which have not been identified... about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the town of Portland location.  State Police initially reported they had received a 9-1-1 call about the grizzly discovery.  Murray says the remains were taken to the Erie County Medical Center for identification.


Gerace confirms both suspects in Westfield homicide gave written confessions; authorities making sure evidence and statements lining up...

The two suspects accused of killing a New York City concert violinist gave written confessions to police shortly after their arrests last week in Erie, Pennsylvania.  That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace... who confirms that 43 year-old Jonathon Conklin... and, 30 year-old Charles Sanford were arrested seperately -- in different locations.  Gerace says both began talking to police a week ago last night when they were taken into custody.  He says they are still making sure the statements line up with the evidence, and information collected.  Gerace says the two defendants alleged "preyed" upon the 61 year-old Whitaker's willingness to help them out... and, that's when she was shot, and stabbed.  Gerace says they have completed their investigation of Whitaker's Titus Road home in the town of Westfield.  He says they also checked a pond behind Whitaker's property... but, that turned up nothing.  Court records show Sanford had gone to Whitaker's front door... on the ruse that the two men's vehicle had broken down... and, asked if they could use her phone.

News Update for Thurs., Aug. 28, 2014


Men accused of murdering Mary Whitaker ordered held without bail; prosecutor outlines more details...

Two men accused of killing a New York concert violinist during a robbery in her home have been ordered held without bail after a prosecutor detailed how the victim was shot and stabbed after opening her door to help them.  U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says 43 year-old Jonathan Conklin... and, 30 year-old Charles Sanford said nothing during a detention hearing this morning in federal court in Buffalo, where they've pleaded not guilty to stealing property and taking it across state lines, and carjacking.  Police say the men killed 61-year-old Mary Whitaker after she agreed to lend them her phone in the Chautauqua County town of Westfield the morning of Aug. 20.  They're then accused of driving her car to Erie, PA, where they were arrested.  A grand jury will consider state murder charges.  Whitaker performed with the Chautauqua Symphony and Westchester Philharmonic.


Two Dunkirk men arrested in north county drug bust...

A traffic stop in the north county city of Dunkirk last night led to the arrest of two Dunkirk men on several illegal drug charges.   Dunkirk Police say a patrol officer stopped the van being operated by 24-year-old Nicholas Bailey after he had allegedly run a stop sign in the 600-block of Main Street.  Police Chief Dave Ortolano says a passenger in the vehicle, 24-year-old Traiquane Nance, began acting suspiciously and that was a tip off to police.  Ortolano says some "good police work" found both had a "good amount" of crack cocaine, and marijuana in their possession.  Nance also struggled with officers at Police Headquarters where he allegedly tried to prevent them from seizing additional amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana.  Orotolano says they found more narcotic drugs in his possession that had hidden in his underwear.  Both Bailey and Nance are facing several charges and they were being held in the City lock up until their arraignment.


No one hurt when car slams into front wall of McDonald's restaurant at Exit 12 Mobil north of Jamestown...

No one was hurt when a car driven by a Jamestown woman crashed through the front of the McDonald's Restaurant at the Exit 12 Mobil north of the city line.  Ellicott Town Police say 33 year-old April Crawford was pulling into the parking lot of the North Main Street business about 1 p.m. Wednesday when her foot slipped off the brake, and hit the accelerator.  Officers say the car lunged forward... and, struck several pane glass windows in the front of the building... and, a table where a man was sitting inside the restaurant.  The investigating officer says the table was near a divider post... so the table and man were just pushed backwards.  He escaped injury.  Police say Crawford was shaken-up by the accident.  The restaurant was closed the rest of the day.  No charges were filed.


County Legislature tables action on Compliance Officer position...

Chautauqua County lawmakers have delayed action on a proposal to create the position of a county compliance officer until they deal with the 2015 budget.  During a brief, 15 minute monthly meeting in Mayville last night... legislators decided to table a local law that would create the position.  Cassadaga Republican John Runkle, who chairs the Legislature's Audit and Control Committee and made the motion to table, says he doesn't support the proposal.

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Some 10 prosecutors from around the world are "gravely concerned" about the upsurge in violence against civilians in conflicts across the globe... and, the general lack of accountability for these crimes.  That was part of the "Chautauqua Declaration" issued at yesterday afternoon's conclusion of the eighth-annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs at Chautauqua Institution.  Syracuse Law Professor and Rober H. Jackson Center Board Member David Crane was founding Chief Prosecutor at the Special Court at Sierra Leone. The prosecutors also said they were "deeply disturbed" by ongoing sexual and gender-gased violence... and, continuing lack of accountability for many of these crimes.  On hand for the first time was Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart of the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.  Stewart... and, Crane agree that terrorist organizations have complicated bringing those responsible for war crimes... and, crimes against Humanity to justice because they pay no attention to international law... and, use "unspeakable violence."  The dialogs were again hosted by the Jackson Center.

 

The man largestly responsible for helping to keep... and, maintain minor league baseball in Jamestown says he's "very optimistic" about the future of baseball at the park named after him.  "Mr. Baseball" Russ Diethrick says the positives outweighed the negatives when he heard the Jamestown Jammers Class-A team was being moved to Morgantown, West Virginia next season.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle and Dennis Webster Tuesday morning... Diethrick expressed gratitude for the 75-years of professional baseball here. Diethrick says he was not completely surprised by the announcement... given the trends of recent years of moving Class-A minor league teams to larger markets.  As for the future... Russ says he looks forward with anticipation.  He says there are a couple of "college brand" leagues that play in the region... and, the level of play is very good.  Diethrick says Olean and Niagara Falls have teams in one of them.  Russ believes Diethrick Park -- the former Municipal Stadium -- is a "very nice stadium" that will attract someone.

 

Federal authorities say two homeless men used a stolen gun to kill a New York City orchestra violinist after gaining entry to her western New York summer home by telling her they had run out of gas.  Local media report that court documents filed in Buffalo say 43-year-old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year-old Charles Sanford stole weapons from an apartment in the town of Sherman before fatally shooting Mary Whitaker at her home in nearby Westfield on Wednesday morning.

 

His humor has spread over several generations... and, that's why legendary comedian Bob Newhart remains a stand-out on the comedy tour.  The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum and Center of Comedy announced Tuesday that Newhart will be the headliner for this October's Lucy-Town Half-Marathon and 5 K Weekend in Jamestown.  Lucy-Desi Center of Comedy Director Journey Gunderson says they're excited to have Newhart performing on Saturday night, October 11th because his show remains highly-rated by Ticketmaster reviews. Gunderson says Newhart's brand of "button-down" humor will be on stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 8 PM on October 11th during a "night of comedy" at the center to top a busy second-day of the weekend.  She says Saturday will feature the 5K run... and, a first ever kids run.  Gunderson says there will also be a new world record attempt for number of people stomping grapes.  The current record is 977.  The Half-Marathon will be held Sunday morning, October 12th.  Tickets for Bob Newhart will go on sale today... August 27th... on-line at Lucyrace-dot-COM... or by calling the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office at 484-7070.

 

The New York Times editorial board is withholding an endorsement in the Democratic primary for New York governor while delivering a stinging reprimand to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The paper's editorial board wrote Tuesday that it would not endorse Cuomo or his liberal challenger, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.  The board wrote that Cuomo ``walked away'' from his goal of ethics reform and hasn't addressed the influence of money in state government.  It faulted his administration for blocking the progress of an anti-corruption commission as it moved to investigate groups tied to the governor, and wrote that Cuomo shouldn't be surprised if many Democrats refuse to support him in next months' primary.  As for Teachout... the board praised her reform proposals but concluded she lacks the experience to govern.

 

A Seneca Nation Council member is running to become the first female president of the western New York tribe.  Darlene Miller announced her candidacy Monday... saying she wants to unify the divided Seneca Nation and get back to traditional ways and values.  The election is November 4th.  So far... the 66-year-old is the only publicly declared candidate for the two-year term.  Current President Barry Snyder cannot seek re-election because the presidency alternates between the Allegany and Cattaraugus territories.  Miller has held numerous positions with the Seneca Nation Health System, including acting chief executive.  The organization provides health care to the 8,000 Seneca members.  The nation operates three casinos.

 

New York state agencies racked up more than 316-million dollars in overtime in the first six months of 2014, continuing a recent trend of sharply higher overtime costs for taxpayers.  The numbers come from a report issued today by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who says the increase is troubling and should be addressed.

News Update for Tues., Aug. 26, 2014


International Humanitarian Law Dialogs at Chautauqua Institution recognizes most "dangerous world" situation since Dialogs began eight years ago...

Some 10 prosecutors from around the world are "gravely concerned" about the upsurge in violence against civilians in conflicts across the globe... and, the general lack of accountability for these crimes.  That was part of the "Chautauqua Declaration" issued at yesterday afternoon's conclusion of the eighth-annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs at Chautauqua Institution.  Syracuse Law Professor and Robert H. Jackson Center Board Member David Crane was founding Chief Prosecutor at the Special Court at Sierra Leone.  Crane says they all came to the same conclusion... that 2014 is the "most dangerous moment" in our history we have dealt with, and the world is in a "very precarious place."  The prosecutors also said they were "deeply disturbed" by ongoing sexual and gender-gased violence... and, continuing lack of accountability for many of these crimes.  On hand for the first time was Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart of the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.  Stewart... and, Crane agree that terrorist organizations have complicated bringing those responsible for war crimes... and, crimes against Humanity to justice because they pay no attention to international law... and, use "unspeakable violence."  The dialogs were again hosted by the Jackson Center.


(Correction)Newhart announced as headliner for October Lucy-Half Marathon Weekend...

Legendary comedian Bob Newhart will bring his "button-down" style of humor to Jamestown for a second time this coming October.  Newhart will be the headliner for the second-annual "Lucy-Town Half-Marathon and 5-K" run during Columbus Day Weekend.  Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center of Comedy Director Journey Gunderson says they're excited to have Newhart performing at 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  Gunderson says Newhart has a new generation of fans thanks to his role on "The Big Bang Theory..." for which he earned an Emmy.  She adds older folks remember "Newhart..." and, the "Bob Newhart Show."  Gunderson says Saturday, October 11th will feature the 5K run... and, a first ever kids run.  She says there will also be a new world record attempt for number of people stomping grapes.  The current record is 977.  The Half-Marathon will be held Sunday morning, Oct. 12.  Tickets for Bob Newhart will go on sale Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, online at www.lucyrace.com, or by calling the Reg Lenna box office at 484-7070.

 

News Update for Mon., Aug. 25, 2014


It's official: Jamestown Jammers heading to WVU...

After about two decades in Jamestown... the Jammers Class-A baseball franchise is being moved to a new stadium being built at West Virginia University.  The announcement was made this afternoon by West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck during a press conference at the university.  New York-Penn League President Ben Hayes says the effort to locate a team in the region had been going on for three to four-years now.  Hayes believes the new stadium will be one of the league's "premier sites."  In addition to Hayes... the President and CEO of Minor League Baseball, Incorporated... Pat O'Connor... says he's excited about owner Bob Rich's decision because the Rich family "doesn't do it, unless they do it right."  Rich himself says he's "thrilled" about the new stadium being built... adding that he and wife Mindy built one of their homes in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia about 10 years ago.  Rich says he's also been a "Mountaineer" fan for a while now.  Luck was recognized by the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce as a "visionary" for moving the stadium project forward.


Teresi says losing Jammers "really hurts..."

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says he takes it personally when the city loses any business... but, he says losing the Jamestown Jammers baseball team "really hurts."  Teresi addressed the news that Rich Baseball was moving the Class-A franchise to Morgantown at the beginning of last night's City Council meeting.  He says baseball at Diethrick Park had provided and supported dozens of jobs... and, was a "key component" to the region's growing tourism industry.  However... Teresi adds that -- like most -- he felt it was only a matter of time before this day would come.  He says many other short-season teams in places like Elmira, Utica, and Geneva, have been moved to major markets... such as Brooklyn... Youngstown, Ohio... and, now Morgantown, West Virginia.  However... Teresi adds efforts are already underway to find a new franchise opportunity because the "key ingredients" to lure a new time here are in place -- including a ball park that still meets Minor League standards.  He echoed Yogi Berra's famous saying "It ain't over til it's over."

  

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Three Brocton-area residents have been arrested for allegedly running a methamphetime lab in the Ellicott Estates Trailer Park.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Ellicott Road about 10:45 AM Saturday to check on the well-being of a woman in Lot-#4.  Deputies say they met one woman who lived there... 29 year-old Susan Spontaneo... who wanted officers to check on 35 year-old Austin Syper... who was inside the trailer. The deputy also checked on the well-being of a man living there... identified as 40 year-old Brian Saden.  But... while he was there... the deputy spotted a 'working' Meth Lab.  The officer detained all three suspects... and, called for further assistance.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force responded to the scene... along with two fire departments, and the county's Hazardous Materials Team.  Authorities rendered the scene safe.  Deputies then obtained a search warrant... and, the building was searched further by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's Clandestine Lab Team... and, Task Force members.  All three suspects were charged with third-degree Unlawfully Manufacturing of Methamphetamine... arraigned... and, sent to the county jail on 10-thousand dollars bail each... which Syper posted.  More charges are pending.

 

A Westfield man working for the village's electric company was killed last weekend when he was electrocuted while trying to move a low-hanging live wire on Route 20.  State Police in Fredonia were called to the scene about 12:45 PM Saturday by Westfield Police.  Troopers say 62 year-old William Boneberg was an employee of the Westfield Electric Company was trying to move the wire when it broke... then fell on Boneberg.  Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene by Chautauqua County Coroner Larry Wilcox.  The investigation deemed the incident to be accidental.

 

A Morgantown, West Virginia newspaper is reporting the Jamestown Jammers minor league baseball team will be moved to Morgantown... and, will play in Monongalia County’s new baseball stadium.  West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck says the new stadium they're building will also be home to the Mountaineers' baseball team.  Luck tells the West Virginia Gazette, "we’re very excited about having a professional sports franchise in north-central West Virginia.  It’s another example of how baseball is catching on in the state."  The Jammers are owned by Rich Baseball... and, their current player development contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates concludes at the end of this season.  Jammers General Manager Matt Drayer declined to comment on the story or the Jammers’ future... and, referred us to Rich Baseball President John Dandes (Dan-deez).  However... we were unable to reach him yesterday.  A press conference has been called in Morgantown this afternoon to make the announcement.

 

Chautauqua President, Tom Becker, paid homage to two women who died this summer as he closed the Institution's season Sunday night.  Speaking at the annual 'Three Taps of the Gavel'  Becker remembered Ryan Kiblin, Chautauqua's Manager of Grounds... who died while pregnant earlier this summer... and Mary Whitaker, the Chautauqua Symphony violinist shot to death less than a week ago.  He said Kiblin's death was made intensely tragic by loss of her unborn daughter at the same time.  Of Whitaker's murder, Becker said it was made grotesque by the wanton violence of the act.  He sent Chautauquans home hoping they would have some 'action in mind... some way to contribute to the pursuit of justice and equality'. 

 

Two homeless men -- originally from Erie, Pennsylvania -- are in federal custody for the murder of a New York City woman who played many years with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says police in Erie, Pennsylvania arrested 43 year-old John Conklin... and, 30 year-old Charles Sanford last Friday without incident.  Gerace says the two men allegedly went to 61 year-old Mary Whitaker's town of Westfield home to steal 'something of value...' but, she refused to cooperate.  He says she was shot once in the chest... and, once in the leg... before they fled. Gerace says Conklin then used Whitaker's credit card... and, the attempts were tracked by the FBI's Financial Team... and, they were able to find him -- then Sanford.  Since the crime occured in New York... and, the stolen vehicle was taken to Erie... federal authorities were brought in.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior says the pair face three charges... including carjacking during commission of a murder.  Under federal law... he says that charge carries a sentence of up to life in prison.  The other charges include use of a firearm in commission of a violent crime.  Conklin and Sanford were arraigned in U-S District Court... and, jailed pending a court hearing this week.

 

The quick arrests of John Conklin and Charles Sanford are being attributed to 'great' cooperation between local, state and federal agencies.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department was the lead investigative agency in the Whitaker murder case.  However... Sheriff Joe Gerace says the cooperation between the several agencies were involved allowed for the arrests to be made within three days. Gerace also touted his officers... and, investigators... as being among the best.  FBI Special Agent in Charge in Buffalo, Holly Huber, called the cooperation between agencies "unprecidented..." when you consider how other agencies don't cooperate as well, at times.  Huber says they've enjoyed their partnerships with police in Chautauqua County... as well as the local FBI office.    

News Update for Fri., Aug. 22, 2014


(**Update)Two arrested for allegedly murdering Chautauqua Inst. concert violinist Mary Whitaker; may face death penalty...

Two men -- one who reportedly was living in the Sherman-area recently -- face federal charges in the murder of Chautauqua Institution concert violinist Mary Whitaker.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said early this evening that Erie, PA Police arrested 43 year-old John Conklin -- an Erie native with no known address -- and, 30 year-old Charles Sanford of French Street, Erie -- earlier today.  Gerace says the two men allegedly went to the 61 year-old Whitaker's home to steal something... but, she refused to give them any information.  He says she was shot once in the chest... and, once in the leg... before they allegedly stole her vehicle... and, drove it to Erie.  That's where Conklin alleged used a credit card stolen from Whitaker... which eventually led to their arrests.  With that... U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says the pair face federal charges including transporting stolen property across statelines... carjacking during commission of a murder... and, use of a firearm in commission of a violent crime.  Hochul says Conklin and Sanford were arraigned tonight in U.S. District Court in Buffalo... and, if convicted... face life in prison... but, could also face the death penalty.

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The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has now identified the woman who was killed Wednesday afternoon in an alleged homicide in the town of Westfield.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says the victim is 61 year-old Mary Whitaker... who owned the home at 8448 Titus Road.  Gerace also says they have received results from a preliminary autopsy done in Buffalo on Whitaker's body... which says she died from a gunshot wound. Gerace says officers were called to the scene about 4:30 PM yesterday after some friends when they couldn't reach her by phone.  He would not say whether there was more than one gun-shot wound... or if they have an suspects in the case.  Gerace says Whitaker's her primary home is in New York City.  He adds she was a "very accomplished musician."  Whitaker was a long-time member of Chautauqua Institution's Symphony Orchestra.  He says this has been a difficult time for her friends and relatives... but, adds they've all been helpful in the investigation.  Gerace adds they've been "stunned by her death."  He says his department has been at the scene round the clock... and, is getting help from the FBI... and, New York State Police.

 

A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine to undercover police officers during a three-month investigation into the trafficking of the narcotic.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they took 22 year-old Alicia Birt of 17B Bradmar Circle into custody late yesterday on a City Court warrant.  Task Force members say Birt was initially charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.  However... she now faces additional charges of drug possession and sales.  Agents say Birt was arraigned... and, sent to the County Jail without bail.  Anyone with information on this case... or other illegal narcotics activities... is asked to call the Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.

 

Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone.  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the 27-thousand dollars in funding will come from a program that reimburses police departments with money seized from drug dealers and other criminals.  The SUNY Campuses receiving the funding are:  Buffalo, Purchase, Potsdam, Cortland, Oswego, Albany, Geneseo, Adirondack, Canton, Utica/Rome, Farmingdale and New Paltz.  In all... 258 campus officers -- nearly half of SUNY's force -- will carry the kits that can instantly reverse the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose.  Schneiderman says multiple students have overdosed on SUNY campuses over the past year.

 

There are shortages everywhere in health care from primary care doctors... to nurses.  However... in the nursing profession... it's not due to lack of people wanting to get into the field.  That from Thursday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  Dr. Martha Hill is the Dean Emerita at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  Hill tells our Jim Roselle there aren't "enough learning places... " and, not enough people to teach.  She calls that a "real dilemna...." Hill says she reaches out to young people still in high school about nursing as a career... but, has found the most responsive group is what she calls "second-degree" students.  On the current U-S health care system... she says there really isn't just "one."  Hill adds the U-S provides great "specialized" care compared to the rest of the world.  However... she says some European countries -- like France -- actually rate better for overall health care. Hill agreed with Wednesday's Amphitheater Speaker... Acting Deputy U-S Surgeon General Scott Giberson... who says there needs to be more focus on prevention.  She spoke as part of "Health Care: From Bench to Bedside" Week at Chautauqua. Mary Whitaker's Titus Road was mainly her summer home while she performed during the Chautauqua season.  She is an accomplished violinest... and, has played with the Symphony for the past 35 years. 

 

Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area continue to drop... falling about four cents this week to 3-dollars-76 cents a gallon.  The Triple-A East Central's Fuel Gauge Report this week says the average price for regular, unleaded gas... based on reports from 19 stations in the area... 3-dollars-76.1 cents.  That's down from 3--76.6 last week.  Last year at this time... it was 3-dollars-79 cents.  Statewide... the average price is 3--74.  On the national front... the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded has gone down about a penny to 3-dollars-46 cents.  There's about one month remaining before the start of the shift from more expensive summer blend gasoline to the relatively less expensive winter blend on September 15th.  Geo-political tensions remain in Russia, Ukraine and Iraq... but, these tensions have had little impact as global oil prices continue to slide.  Global supply projections are relatively stable and attributed to the United States approaching its highest annual level of oil production since 1972.

 

The New York State Fair kicked off it's 12-day run yesterday with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.  The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes (GEH'-dehs) opened at 8 AM... with Governor Cuomo cutting the ribbon.  Kellie Pickler leads off the fair's entertainment lineup with a free afternoon concert at Chevy Court.  The Barenaked Ladies performed last night.  Other acts performing free concerts include Ashanti on Sunday and the Doobie Brothers on Labor Day, September 1st.  Country music star Brad Paisley kicks off the concerts in the Grandstand with a Thursday night performance.  Other Grandstand performers include Pitbull on Saturday, Kid Rock on Monday and Jason Aldean on August 30th.  The fair's midway includes more than 60 rides provided by Wade Shows.

News Update for Thurs., Aug. 21, 2014


**(Update) Long-time Chautauqua Inst. Symphony Orchestra member identified as homicide victim in Westfield...

A New York City woman has been identified as the victim killed by a gun-shot wound in the town of Westfield Wednesday afternoon.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says the victim is 61 year-old Mary Whittaker... who owned the home at 8448 Titus Road.  Gerace also says that -- through the preliminary autopsy results -- they have ruled Whitaker's death as a homicide.  He says officers were called to the scene about 4:30 p.m. yesterday... and, the investigation is continuing.  Whitaker's Titus Road home is a summer residence while she played in the Chautauqua Institution Symphony Orchestra.  She was an accomplished violinist... and, had played with the Symphony for the past 35 years. 

News Update for Thurs., Aug. 21, 2014


Gerace confirms 61 year-old woman's death in Westfield a possible homicide...

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is calling the death of a woman who was found dead at a location on Titus Road in the town of Westfield Wednesday a possible homicide.  Deputies were called to the scene about 4:30 PM.  Gerace says the investigation into the death of the 61-year-old woman is continuing... and they are not releasing a lot details at this point including the woman's identity.  He says they want to make sure that they've contacted all of her family.  Gerace says it appears she died of a gun-shot wound... but, adds they are awaiting an autopsy being conducted at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  Gerace says investigators continue to work on the case around the clock.


One dozen SUNY Campuses to be equiped with Heroin Antidote...

Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone.  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the $27,000 in funding will come from a program that reimburses police departments with money seized from drug dealers and other criminals.  The SUNY Campuses receiving the funding are:  Buffalo, Purchase, Potsdam, Cortland, Oswego, Albany, Geneseo, Adirondack, Canton, Utica/Rome, Farmingdale and New Paltz.  In all... 258 campus officers -- nearly half of SUNY's force -- will carry the kits that can instantly reverse the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose.  Schneiderman says multiple students have overdosed on SUNY campuses over the past year.

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The Post Journal is reporting this morning that a female Titus Road resident in her 60s was the victim of an apparent homicide on Wednesday afternoon.  We will have more details as they become available.

 

City police are continuing to look for the man who allegedly robbed a 7-11 convenience store with a knife -- this one on Jamestown's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the man -- believed to be in his 20s -- entered the store at 1011 East Second Street just after 3 AM yesterday wearing a dark-colored ski mask.  Samuelson says the store clerk was at the back of the business -- near the coffee dispensers -- when he was accosted by the bandit.  He says the robber pulled the knife and demanded cash.  However... Samuelson says the suspect took more than that. Samuelson says the suspect is described as being dark-skinned... is about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 inches tall... and, weighing about 150 to 160 pounds.  Samuelson says the bandit was wearing a long-sleeved red shirt... with gray athletic shorts.  He adds the red shirt has a distinctive white design on it that may be familiar or recognizable.  Samuelson says anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call city police at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477.

 

Two Dunkirk men have been arrested after an investigation into an armed robbery in the north county city on Tuesday.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano says officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a suspect running while carrying a shotgun in the area of Lake Shore Drive East, and North Gazelle Street just before 12:30 PM. With the assistance of Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies... Ortolano says the vehicle was eventually located in Silver Creek.  33-year-old Robert Mangus, Junior... and, 35-year-old Darrly Bray were arrested and charged with 2nd-degree robbery.  Additional charges and arrests are expected.

 

New York City law Professor Zephyr Teachout has survived another attempt by Governor Andrew Cuomo's supporters to knock her off next month's Democratic primary ballot.  A four-judge panel today upheld a lower-court ruling and rejected arguments from Cuomo supporters that Teachout didn't meet the five-year residency requirement.  A Cuomo campaign spokesman says there are no plans to appeal the decision.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently hasn't taken a hit with voters in the wake of allegations his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission.  A new Quinnipiac University poll shows the Democratic with a 56-to-28 percent lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino, a margin essentially unchanged since May.

 

New York state is "at a crossroads..." and, so was Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci when it came to what he saw happening in New York state.  Antonacci says he decided to run for state Comptroller because of what he sees as an "abyssmal" tax structure, and troublesome economic climate.  During a campaign stop in Lakewood Wednesday afternoon... the Syracuse-area Republican said he's the father of two young children... and, decided now is the time to try and make the state one that his children would want to stay and live in. Antonacci says the State Comptroller has a "bully pulpit..." and, has some control over the purse strings as far as state authorities... and, contracts.  In addition to being a CPA... he's also an attorney... making him uniquely qualified for the position.  As for incumbant Democrat Thomas DiNapoli... Antonacci feels he's been "asleep on the corruption issues" that have plagued Albany the past few years.  As for current polls that show him trailing DiNapoli... Antonacci says he's not concerned because the campaign really heats up after Labor Day.

 

The state's fiscal watchdog is trying to get the word out about the Office of Unclaimed Funds... and, how people can get the money they are owned.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state has more than 13-billion dollars in unclaimed funds, and they are trying to reach people so they can get their money back.  He says there are a number of ways people get separated from the funds. DiNapoli tells us that he is trying reach out to residents in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, where there are millions of dollars in funds that are being held by the state.
You can check whether you have money owed to you by going on-line to the State Comptroller's website at osc-dot-state-dot-ny-dot-us.

 

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino says New York can spur jobs and economic activity by cutting taxes and regulations, permitting hydraulic fracturing for natural gas... and, promoting agriculture and high-tech start-ups.  The candidate released a job plan during a campaign stop in Binghamton.  If elected... Astorino says he would streamline regulations and government mandates, reduce some taxes and eliminate others, cut state spending and invest 3.6-billion dollars from a banking lawsuit settlement in roads, bridges and transit.

 

 

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The Post Journal is reporting this morning that a female Titus Road resident in her 60s was the victim of an apparent homicide on Wednesday afternoon.  We will have more details as they become available.

 

City police are continuing to look for the man who allegedly robbed a 7-11 convenience store with a knife -- this one on Jamestown's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the man -- believed to be in his 20s -- entered the store at 1011 East Second Street just after 3 AM yesterday wearing a dark-colored ski mask.  Samuelson says the store clerk was at the back of the business -- near the coffee dispensers -- when he was accosted by the bandit.  He says the robber pulled the knife and demanded cash.  However... Samuelson says the suspect took more than that. Samuelson says the suspect is described as being dark-skinned... is about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 inches tall... and, weighing about 150 to 160 pounds.  Samuelson says the bandit was wearing a long-sleeved red shirt... with gray athletic shorts.  He adds the red shirt has a distinctive white design on it that may be familiar or recognizable.  Samuelson says anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call city police at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477.

 

Two Dunkirk men have been arrested after an investigation into an armed robbery in the north county city on Tuesday.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano says officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a suspect running while carrying a shotgun in the area of Lake Shore Drive East, and North Gazelle Street just before 12:30 PM. With the assistance of Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies... Ortolano says the vehicle was eventually located in Silver Creek.  33-year-old Robert Mangus, Junior... and, 35-year-old Darrly Bray were arrested and charged with 2nd-degree robbery.  Additional charges and arrests are expected.

 

New York City law Professor Zephyr Teachout has survived another attempt by Governor Andrew Cuomo's supporters to knock her off next month's Democratic primary ballot.  A four-judge panel today upheld a lower-court ruling and rejected arguments from Cuomo supporters that Teachout didn't meet the five-year residency requirement.  A Cuomo campaign spokesman says there are no plans to appeal the decision.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently hasn't taken a hit with voters in the wake of allegations his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission.  A new Quinnipiac University poll shows the Democratic with a 56-to-28 percent lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino, a margin essentially unchanged since May.

 

New York state is "at a crossroads..." and, so was Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci when it came to what he saw happening in New York state.  Antonacci says he decided to run for state Comptroller because of what he sees as an "abyssmal" tax structure, and troublesome economic climate.  During a campaign stop in Lakewood Wednesday afternoon... the Syracuse-area Republican said he's the father of two young children... and, decided now is the time to try and make the state one that his children would want to stay and live in. Antonacci says the State Comptroller has a "bully pulpit..." and, has some control over the purse strings as far as state authorities... and, contracts.  In addition to being a CPA... he's also an attorney... making him uniquely qualified for the position.  As for incumbant Democrat Thomas DiNapoli... Antonacci feels he's been "asleep on the corruption issues" that have plagued Albany the past few years.  As for current polls that show him trailing DiNapoli... Antonacci says he's not concerned because the campaign really heats up after Labor Day.

 

The state's fiscal watchdog is trying to get the word out about the Office of Unclaimed Funds... and, how people can get the money they are owned.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state has more than 13-billion dollars in unclaimed funds, and they are trying to reach people so they can get their money back.  He says there are a number of ways people get separated from the funds. DiNapoli tells us that he is trying reach out to residents in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, where there are millions of dollars in funds that are being held by the state.
You can check whether you have money owed to you by going on-line to the State Comptroller's website at osc-dot-state-dot-ny-dot-us.

 

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino says New York can spur jobs and economic activity by cutting taxes and regulations, permitting hydraulic fracturing for natural gas... and, promoting agriculture and high-tech start-ups.  The candidate released a job plan during a campaign stop in Binghamton.  If elected... Astorino says he would streamline regulations and government mandates, reduce some taxes and eliminate others, cut state spending and invest 3.6-billion dollars from a banking lawsuit settlement in roads, bridges and transit.

 

 

News Update for Wed., Aug. 20, 2014


City police looking for man who allegedly held up E. 2nd Street 7-Eleven store...

Jamestown police are looking for the masked bandit who held up an eastside 7-Eleven convenience store early Wednesday morning.  As with the hold up at the Allen Street 7-Eleven earlier this month... a knife was involved.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the dark-skinned man entered the East Second Street store just after 3 AM.  Samuelson says the robber accosted the store clerk... who was at the back of the business.  He says the robber pulled a knife and demanded cash... but, ended up taking the entire cash drawer.  The robber is believed to be in his 20s... is about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 inches tall... and, weighs 150 to 160 pounds.  Samuelson says the bandit was wearing a long-sleeve red shirt... with a distinctive design on it.  He says the image is a white eagle, or bird-type design with white writing down the sleeves.  Samuelson adds the suspect was also wearing gray athletic shorts.  He fled in an northly direction from the store on foot.  Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call city police at 483-7537... or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477.


Two men arrested for allegedl hold-up in city of Dunkirk...

Two Dunkirk men have been arrested after an investigation into an armed robbery in the north county city on Tuesday.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano says officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a suspect running while carrying a shotgun in the area of Lake Shore Drive East, and North Gazelle Street just before 12:30 p.m.  Ortolano says... upon further investigation by officers, they determined that an armed robbery had occured, and began an investigation.  They got descriptions of both the suspects, and the suspect vehicle involved.  With the assistance of Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies... Ortolano says the vehicle was eventually located in Silver Creek.  33-year-old Robert Mangus, Jr., and, 35-year-old Darrly Bray were arrested and charged with 2nd-degree robbery.  Additional charges and arrests are expected.


Media One News Director takes "Ice Bucket Challenge..."

MOG News Director Terry Frank accepted... and, took the "Ice Bucket Challenge" that's been sweeping the Jamestown-area... and, nation.  Thanks to fellow Media One employees Brian Papalia... and, Debbi Yochim... Terry got a bucket of ice dumped on my head Wednesday morning outside the station.  He was nominated to take the challenge by one of my former college roomates, Jack Potter.  The "Ice Bucket Challenge" was started by a former Boston College Baseball star who was diagnosed with the rare and fatal disease, ALS, not long ago.  Frank says "many of you know my mother died from ALS last November... so, this cause has admittedly been personal to me."  There still is no long-term treatment available, and there's no cure.  I have challenged a friend from college, Steve Prevesk... Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... and, City Council member Tony Dolce.

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A Ripley Man is dead following a Tuesday afternoon house fire.  Shortly after 4pm the Ripley Fire Department was called to a fire at 108 West Main Street.  When fire crews arrived they entered the home and found 61 year old Kevin Lantz inside.  Lantz was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.  An investigation revealed that an electronic device accidentally caught fire. Lantz was able to get the device out of the home before the fire spread further.  Lantz went back inside and was unable to come back out due to smoke inhalation.  The investigation is continuing, but the cause appears accidental.  Ripley received assistance from the Sherman and Westfield Fire Departments.

 

Flames sparked by burning trash nearby triggered about a half-acre brush fire on Trask Road in the town of Busti yesterday afternoon.  Busti Fire Chief Mike Volpe says crews were called to the scene -- near Baker Street Extension -- about 4:20 PM.  Volpe says the property owner was burning some cardboard near a large pile of pine trees that had been cut down.  He says the flames spread to the grass... and, firefighters were called in.  Volpe adds they were concerned about a wooded area and house were close by.  Busti and four mutual aid companies had the flames under control in about 30 minutes.  No one was hurt.

 

There were some results to celebrate... but, overall results of last Spring's standarized testing for third through eighth-graders in the Jamestown School District remained flat compared to 2013.  But... at the same time... the district's Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Jesse Joy, says there was a slight increase in math scores for many students.  Joy adds some increases were cause for "celebration."  Two were a significant increase among third-graders... and, fourth-grade English Language Arts. Joy also pointed out that there were gains made by many students who had gone through the standardized testing in 2013.  However... Joy points out that the curriculum was aligned with the testing for the first time this past school year... so, school officials will boost professional development for staff this year.  The school board approved a 300-thousand dollar allocation in this year's budget for teacher and professional development to assist with teaching the new, tougher programs.  That will include the use of teaching "coaches." 

 


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities new Residental Recycling Program is only a few months old... but, so far has been a big success.  That from BPU General Manager Dave Leathers... who told city lawmakers last night that the board's Solid Waste Division has seen an "excellent" response to the program... which rewards residents with lower trash collection rates if they recycle at least once a month.  During Monday night's work session... Leathers says a big help has been using technology to track use of the new orange bins. The recycling bins use a computer chip to make sure the resident is accurately credited for leaving the recycleables out so they can get the lower rate.  Leathers says... before the program began this past spring... they would get 35 to 37-percent participation.  However... he says that's now up to 60-percent on recycling days... and, they're on the way to 65-percent.  The issue... Mayor Sam Teresi says... is whether some budget adjustments need to be made to cover their costs.  For more information on the BPU's Recycling Program... contact the Garbage Hotline at 661-1651.

 

People should not be afraid to ask friends or family members if they need help for Depression.  That from yesterday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  Daniel Weinberger is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development... which has done a lot of research on Mental Health health issues.  Depression has come to the fore due to the recent suicide of legendary Comedian Robin Williams.  Weinberger tells our Jim Roselle one in three people will have depression at least once in their lifetime. Weinberger says Depression is a circumstance of how a person's brain is working.  In youth... he says it's often shown outwardly as irratibility... or difficult behavior.  In young and middle-aged adults... he says it's usually a mood change.  Weinberger says those people feel increasingly hopeless and helpless.  He says that was the case for Robin Williams... who suffered "Chronic Depression."  Weinberger spoke as part of "Health Care: Bench to Bedside" Week at Chautauqua.

 

Supporters of Governor Andrew Cuomo were back in court Tuesday in an effort to force his primary challenger off next months' Democratic Primary ballot.  A trial judge rejected the challenge to Zephyr Teachout's campaign last week.  The ruling was appealed, and the challenge went before an appellate court Tuesday in Brooklyn.  A decision is expected later this week.  The two men behind the challenge are listed online as Cuomo campaign interns.  In court papers... they allege that Teachout is ineligible to run against Cuomo because she doesn't meet a five-year residency requirement.  They note that Teachout obtained her New York driver's license this year.  Teachout says she has lived in New York since she took a job as a law professor at Fordham University in 2009.  The primary is September 9th.

 

Another member of the Media One Group staff has accepted the "Ice Bucket Challenge" that's been sweeping the Jamestown-area... and, nation.  News Director Terry Frank has been challenged by one of his former college roomates to have a bucket of ice dumped on him to raise money for the fight against ALS... also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."  Station Manager Andrew Hill took the challenge Monday night during the finals of "Chautauqua Lake Voices" in Bemus Point.  Terry had already been planning to get the ice dumped on him this morning... but, received the challenge late yesterday.  By late yesterday... the challenge had already raised 22.9-million dollars for the ALS Association.

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BPU's new recycling program deemed big success by General Manager...

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities new Residental Recycling Program is only a few months old... but, so far has been a big success.  That from BPU General Manager Dave Leathers... who told city lawmakers last night that the board's Solid Waste Division has seen an "excellent" response to the program... which rewards residents with lower trash collection rates if they recycle at least once a month.  During last night's work session... Leathers says a big help has been using technology to track use of the new orange bins.  Leathers says the computer chips are working well, and providing accurate data on who is recycling, and how often.  That way, the proper person received the lower rate for trash collection.  Leathers says... before the program began this past spring... they would get 35 to 37-percent participation.  However... he says that's now up to 60-percent on recycling days... and, they're on the way to 65-percent.  The issue... Mayor Sam Teresi says... is whether some budget adjustments need to be made to cover their costs.  For more information on the BPU's Recycling Program... contact the Garbage Hotline at 661-1651.


Cattaraugus Co. man arrested for allegedly operating a major Meth Lab in Little Valley...

A Little Valley man is in the Cattaraugus County Jail without bail after authorities shut down his alleged Methamphetamine operation.  Sheriff's Deputies say they received information of a large-scale meth lab being run at 102 South Court Street by 32 year-old Lucas Leclerc this past Sunday.  The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team were called for assistance with hazardous material clean-up and evidence collection Monday morning.  Investigators seized lab equipment... and, over 14 ounces of methamphetamine.  Leclerc was arrested and is being held in the Cattaraugus County Jail pending arraignment in Federal Court in Buffalo.  The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.  The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force requests anyone with information on the case to contact them at 373-2773.

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The city of Jamestown has been given "as clean of an audit as an entity can have" for it's 2013 budget by it's third-party auditor.  Local accountant John Trussalo gave the City Council and Mayor Sam Teresi the good news at last night's work session at city hall.  Trussalo adds that while the city had budgeted for a significant loss in the 2013 budget due to use of the fund balance... Jamestown ended up spending much less than it had budgeted. Trusso says the city received 45-thousand dollar less in revenues in the actual, final budget.  However... the, final expenditure budget came in about 370-thousand LESS than was in the projected spending plan.  Probably the major concern expressed by Trussalo in reviewing the audit was the fact the city is getting closer to it's constitutional tax levy ceiling of 13-million-43 dollars.  With exclusions... Jamestown was at 12.54-million last year.  That means the city is within 889-thousand dollars... or at 93.3-percent of it's constitutional tax limit.

 

New York officials say 81 school districts and community groups are set to receive 340-million dollars to fund full-day pre-kindergarten programs for nearly 37,000 children.  The governor's office says the funding in this year's state budget is the first installment in a commitment to spend 1.5-billion dollars over five years to build a statewide program.  The New York City Education Department will get the majority of the money... 294.5-million dollars.  In Chautauqua County... Silver Creek is receiving 180-thousand dollars... while Sherman is getting 108-thousand-500. 

 

No one was hurt... and, there was no significant damage done when flames erupted in a car crusher at the Ben Weitsman of Jamestown scrap-metal recycling facility this past weekend.  Deputy Jamestown Fire Chief Chet Harvey says a crew was called to the scene on West Eighth Street shortly before 12:30 PM Saturday... and, found heavy smoke coming from that part of the scrap metal plant.  Harvey adds the flames did spread to a couple of nearby cars that had already been crushed. Harvey says no cause has yet been detemined... but, he says compactors like the one at Ben Weitsman's produce a lot of heat... and, a simple spark could have triggered the fire.  He says the black smoke may have been produced by some gasoline or oil remaining in the car.  Harvey says firefighters were at the scene for about an hour.  But... he says the responding crew had the fire out so quickly... an off-duty shift was not needed.  The Ben Weitman facility has been controverial in the neighborhood due to noise, and dust issues.

 

The New York State AFL-CIO has snubbed Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Democrat was missing from a list released today of candidates the labor union is endorsing in the fall elections.  Last week... the state's second-largest public-sector union endorsed Cuomo's primary challenger, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.

 

Chautauqua County's incumbant Congressman says his opponent is playing politics with Medicare and Social Security... and, not trying to solve their long-term viability.  That from Corning Republican Tom Reed... who is finishing his third-term in the House of Representatives.  Late last week... Democrat challenger Martha Robertson... and, a Medicare and Social Security advocacy group... accused Reed of voting against five key measures to support both programs.  Reed says Robertson supports a House Trustee report that certain changes would keep both solvent until 2030 instead of 2026. Reed emphasizes that the legislation he supports would keep Medicare and Social Security in place... as they are... for people 56 years-old and over.  He says in addition to tort reform... and, weeding out waste, fraud and abuse... the best way to support both is getting more people back to work... and, paying into the system.  Reed adds he also wants legislation that empowers doctors and patients more in making medical decisions versus health insurance companies and government bureaucrats.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

 

Congressman Tom Reed has also announced that he is co-sponsoring a bi-partisan measure he says will strengthen Hospice... or end-of-life care in the U-S.  Reed is filing the Hospice Act with Democrat Mike Thompson... and, says there are two major components to the legislation.  The Corning Republican says it would allow professionals who provide Hospice care to be re-certified every three years instead of the usual 6 to 8 years. Reed says it would also allow for a review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services once they reach the 180 day coverage period for care to continue.  He adds that it's also a national health care issue because studies have shown that 70 to 80-percent of a person's health care costs are going to be in the final few years of life.  Reed also says that he is a firm believer in Hospice's mission because they helped his family in dealing with his mother's end of life issues before she died from Cancer.

 

New York authorities will allow wineries to buy grapes and juice from out of state to make up shortages after a harvest expected to be well below normal because of last winters' harsh weather. Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said Monday the law requires all wines produced on New York farms must contain only grapes, fruit and other products grown in the state. But a provision of the law allows for using imported products if more than 40 percent of a crop is lost to damage. Ball said 15 grape varieties met that requirement. The wines affected include Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and eight others.

 

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The city of Jamestown has been given "as clean of an audit as an entity can have" for it's 2013 budget by it's third-party auditor.  Local accountant John Trussalo gave the City Council and Mayor Sam Teresi the good news at last night's work session at city hall.  Trussalo adds that while the city had budgeted for a significant loss in the 2013 budget due to use of the fund balance... Jamestown ended up spending much less than it had budgeted. Trusso says the city received 45-thousand dollar less in revenues in the actual, final budget.  However... the, final expenditure budget came in about 370-thousand LESS than was in the projected spending plan.  Probably the major concern expressed by Trussalo in reviewing the audit was the fact the city is getting closer to it's constitutional tax levy ceiling of 13-million-43 dollars.  With exclusions... Jamestown was at 12.54-million last year.  That means the city is within 889-thousand dollars... or at 93.3-percent of it's constitutional tax limit.

 

New York officials say 81 school districts and community groups are set to receive 340-million dollars to fund full-day pre-kindergarten programs for nearly 37,000 children.  The governor's office says the funding in this year's state budget is the first installment in a commitment to spend 1.5-billion dollars over five years to build a statewide program.  The New York City Education Department will get the majority of the money... 294.5-million dollars.  In Chautauqua County... Silver Creek is receiving 180-thousand dollars... while Sherman is getting 108-thousand-500. 

 

No one was hurt... and, there was no significant damage done when flames erupted in a car crusher at the Ben Weitsman of Jamestown scrap-metal recycling facility this past weekend.  Deputy Jamestown Fire Chief Chet Harvey says a crew was called to the scene on West Eighth Street shortly before 12:30 PM Saturday... and, found heavy smoke coming from that part of the scrap metal plant.  Harvey adds the flames did spread to a couple of nearby cars that had already been crushed. Harvey says no cause has yet been detemined... but, he says compactors like the one at Ben Weitsman's produce a lot of heat... and, a simple spark could have triggered the fire.  He says the black smoke may have been produced by some gasoline or oil remaining in the car.  Harvey says firefighters were at the scene for about an hour.  But... he says the responding crew had the fire out so quickly... an off-duty shift was not needed.  The Ben Weitman facility has been controverial in the neighborhood due to noise, and dust issues.

 

The New York State AFL-CIO has snubbed Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Democrat was missing from a list released today of candidates the labor union is endorsing in the fall elections.  Last week... the state's second-largest public-sector union endorsed Cuomo's primary challenger, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.

 

Chautauqua County's incumbant Congressman says his opponent is playing politics with Medicare and Social Security... and, not trying to solve their long-term viability.  That from Corning Republican Tom Reed... who is finishing his third-term in the House of Representatives.  Late last week... Democrat challenger Martha Robertson... and, a Medicare and Social Security advocacy group... accused Reed of voting against five key measures to support both programs.  Reed says Robertson supports a House Trustee report that certain changes would keep both solvent until 2030 instead of 2026. Reed emphasizes that the legislation he supports would keep Medicare and Social Security in place... as they are... for people 56 years-old and over.  He says in addition to tort reform... and, weeding out waste, fraud and abuse... the best way to support both is getting more people back to work... and, paying into the system.  Reed adds he also wants legislation that empowers doctors and patients more in making medical decisions versus health insurance companies and government bureaucrats.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

 

Congressman Tom Reed has also announced that he is co-sponsoring a bi-partisan measure he says will strengthen Hospice... or end-of-life care in the U-S.  Reed is filing the Hospice Act with Democrat Mike Thompson... and, says there are two major components to the legislation.  The Corning Republican says it would allow professionals who provide Hospice care to be re-certified every three years instead of the usual 6 to 8 years. Reed says it would also allow for a review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services once they reach the 180 day coverage period for care to continue.  He adds that it's also a national health care issue because studies have shown that 70 to 80-percent of a person's health care costs are going to be in the final few years of life.  Reed also says that he is a firm believer in Hospice's mission because they helped his family in dealing with his mother's end of life issues before she died from Cancer.

 

New York authorities will allow wineries to buy grapes and juice from out of state to make up shortages after a harvest expected to be well below normal because of last winters' harsh weather. Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said Monday the law requires all wines produced on New York farms must contain only grapes, fruit and other products grown in the state. But a provision of the law allows for using imported products if more than 40 percent of a crop is lost to damage. Ball said 15 grape varieties met that requirement. The wines affected include Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and eight others.

 

News Update for Mon., Aug. 18, 2014


Weekend fire causes $1,000 damage at Ben Weitsman of Jamestown Scrap Metal facility...

There was a lot of black smoke... but, no significant damage last weekend when fire broke out at the Ben Weitsman of Jamestown scrap-metal recycling facility.  Deputy Jamestown Fire Chief Chet Harvey says a crew was called to the scene on West Eighth Street shortly before 12:30 p.m. Saturday... and, found heavy smoke coming from that part of the scrap metal plant.  Harvey adds the flames originated from a car in an auto compactor... and, spread to a couple of nearby cars that had already been crushed.  He says a spark may have touched off the flames in some left-over gas or oil... adding that hydrocarbons -- typically found in gas and oil -- produce that kind of smoke.  Harvey says no cause has yet been detemined... but, he says compactors like the one at Ben Weitsman's produce a lot of heat... and, a simple spark could have ignited the flameables.  He says firefighters got to the scene quickly.  But... he says the responding crew had the fire out so quickly... an off-duty shift was not needed.  Harvey says there was about $1,000 worth of damage.


Reed responds to Robertson on his stance regarding Medicare and Social Security...

Chautauqua County's incumbant Congressman says his opponent is playing politics with Medicare and Social Security... and, not trying to solve their long-term viability.  That from Corning Republican Tom Reed... who is finishing his third-term in the House of Representatives.  Late last week... Democrat challenger Martha Robertson... and, a Medicare and Social Security advocacy group... accused Reed of voting against five key measures to support both programs.  Reed says Robertson supports a House Trustee report that certain changes would keep both solvent until 2030 instead of 2026.  He says that means both Medicare and Social Security will be bankrupt by the end "of this generation."  Reed emphasizes that the legislation he supports would keep Medicare and Social Security in place... as they are... for people 56 years-old and over.  He says in addition to tort reform... and, weeding out waste, fraud and abuse... the best way to support both is getting more people back to work... and, paying into the system.  Reed adds he also wants legislation that empowers doctors and patients more in making medical decisions.


Reed and Democrat from California co-sponsoring Hospice Act...

Congressman Tom Reed has also announced that he is co-sponsoring a bi-partisan measure he says will strengthen Hospice... or end-of-life care in the U-S.  Reed is filing the Hospice Act with Democrat Mike Thompson... and, says there are two major components to the legislation.  The Corning Republican says it would allow professionals who provide Hospice care to be re-certified every three years instead of the usual 6 to 8 years.  He says the earlier re-certification will bring more "transparency, and accountability" to Hospice providers.  Reed adds the legislation was drafted with input, and support from National Hospice and Palliative Care Association.  He says it would also allow for a review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services once they reach the 180 day coverage period for care to continue.  He adds that it's also a national health care issue because studies have shown that 70 to 80-percent of a person's health care costs are going to be in the final few years of life.

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A Jamestown man... wanted for violating his probation... has been arrested after an alleged stand-off with police early last weekend.  City police conducted a warrant check in 32 year-old Maurice Hough at 218 Fulton Street just after 6:30 PM last Friday.  However... when they entered the house... Hough was allegedly trying to climb out a window.  When he saw officers waiting for him outside... they say he went back inside the home and barricaded himself inside a bathroom.  Police say Hough also allegedly armed himself with a knife.  The JPD SWAT Team was called in... and, he was later arrested without further incident.  Hough was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

 

An Amish woman and one of her children are being treated at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after their horse and buggy was struck by a car in the town of Clymer.  Sheriff's officers say they and three fire companies were called to the scene on Route 474 near Wickwire Road about 7 PM Friday.  Deputies say the driver of the car... 67 year-old Ann Beebe of Panama... was westbound when she struck the horse and buggy from behind.  Officers say there were two adults and four children inside the buggy.  The woman and child were treated at the scene... then taken by ambulance to the Hamot Medical Center for further treatment.  An adult male and three other children were evaluated at the scene... and, did not require further treatment.  An investigation found Beebe was allegedly driving drunk... and, she was arrested for DWI, speeding, failed to use due care while approaching a horse, and imprudent speed approaching a horse.  The investigation is continuing... and, more charges are pending.

 

The Ashville and North Harmony communities gathered last Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary for the Ashville Fire Department. Starflight Helicopter landed on the department's new helipad as part of the day's festivities on Stow Road... near the intersection of Interstate 86 and State Route 394.  Ashville Fire Department President... and, past Chief Mike Gleason... thanked everyone for coming.  Gleason calls the 100th anniversary celebration a "big honor...." A number of local and state elected leaders were on hand... including State Senator Cathy Young... who thanked the approximately 45 members of the department.  However... it wasn't just for responding to "so many" fires a year.  Young says it's for the "profound" impact each volunteer firefighter has had on the community... because they save property... and, "more importantly -- lives."  Young says that has an "exponential" impact on the community.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell called the Asvhille Department the "backbone" of the local community. 

 

Starflight's arrival at the Ashville Fire Department's 100th Anniversary wasn't just a "side-show" for the celebration.  It was part of it.  Over the past several months... the department was able to obtain additional land to set up the new helipad... which was also dedicated during the Centennial.  The land was obtained from members of the Morton Family.  Bob Miller says he spoke with Ashville Department member Bob Fredrickson about the property during an open house for the new fire hall a short time ago. The 60-foot-by-60-foot helipad has lights on each corner so it can be seen at night... and, will have a heating element so ice and snow can't pile up on it.  Officials say having a helipad so close to Interstate 86... and, Route 394 will be critical in getting crash victims to area hospitals quickly.  They also say Ashville provides a key service on I-86 because they are the only fire department with a hurst tool from the Chautauqua Lake Bridge to the State Line in Findley Lake.

 

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department is taking part in a nation-wide crack-down on motorists who drive while impaired through Labor Day.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says the "STOP-DWI Crackdown" began last Friday... and, runs through September 1st... and, will also include State and local police agencies.  Gerace says it's part of an effort to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths.  The last DWI Crackdown took place over the July 4th Holiday... and, resulted in 5 arrests for DWI by the Sheriff's Office... along with more than 80 other arrests and tickets.  He says removing drunk drivers from local roadways is "one of our top priorities."

 

A Warren, Pennsylvania teenager has been arrested for allegedly gropping a 15 year-old girl early last weekend in Pleasant Township.  State Police in Warren were called to the scene on a complaint that 18 year-old Kirby Kingsley grabbed the victim in a sexual manner.  Troopers took Kingsley into custody on one count of Indecent Assault.  He was arraigned in District Court... and, sent to the Warren County Jail on 25-thousand dollars cash bail.

 

A Dunkirk man faces a number of charges after allegedly running a red light... and, leading Jamestown police on a short vehicle pursuit on the city's northside.  Officers say they spotted a blue car run a red light at the intersectio of North Main and East Fourth Streets shortly before 2 AM Sunday.  They add the vehicle cross the double-solid yellow lines as it speeded up North Main.  Police activated their overhead lights and siren... but, the driver didn't pull over for more than a quarter-of-a mile.  They then stopped 33 year-old Gregory Negron-Garcia... who was later found to allegedly be drunk.  Negron-Garcia was arrested... and, faces charges including Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated... Speeding... and, failure to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles.  He was jailed pending arraignment.

 

News Update for Fri., Aug. 15, 2014


Teresi at two-day NYCOM Board of Directors meeting...

The New York Conference of Mayors board of directors are meeting through Saturday to review the 2014 state legislative session... and, begin looking at legislation they'll lobby for in 2015.  That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... who is a past president of NYCOM... and, with that sits on the conference's board.  Teresi says the two-days of board meetings are being held in Skaneatles -- near Syracuse.  Teresi says NYCOM members were pleased the state again had an on-time budget this year.  However... he says there are other areas where state lawmakers came up short.  But... Teresi adds that mandate relief can't be a one-size fits all proposition.  He says the state needs to "get realistic."  However... local governments and schools need to work together to bring the change that's needed.  Teresi says they're also trying to nail down final details of the state's 2-year property tax freeze... which is designed to have local governments work together to consolidate or share services to save money.  In the second year of the freeze... municipalities need to document progress in that area to qualify residents for the property tax rebates.  Teresi made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.


State Pension fund reaches record level of just over $180-billion...

New York's pension fund for state and local government workers has reached a record high of $180.7-billion... with a 3.6 percent return on investment in the most recent quarter.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the fund's trustee, says that includes ``solid performance'' in domestic and global stocks.  They account for more than 55 percent of the portfolio.  Almost 27 percent is invested in cash, bonds and mortgages, almost 8 percent in private equity and 7 percent in real estate.  The Common Retirement Fund for some 644,000 government employees also paid benefits to about 422,000 retirees and beneficiaries in the quarter that ended June 30.  The average employer contribution rate is 20.1 percent of salary for most public workers and nearly 27.6 percent for police and firefighters, though reductions are expected shortly.


Woman from Falconer arrested for allegedly stealing gold jewelry from Chaut. Institution home...

A Falconer woman employed as a part-time home health care assistant at a home at Chautauqua Institution has been arrested for allegedly stealing a bag of gold jewelry from the home.  Sheriff's officers say 33 year-old Sheryl Barton is accused of taking the rings, earrings and other items from the residence at 64 Crescent Ave. last July 13.  The Sheriff's Department and Institution Police investigated... and, recovered two pieces of jewelry from Barton.  She was arrested for Felony Grand Larceny... and, released to probation.


Ashville Fire Dept. set to celebrate 100th Anniversary Saturday...

A Jamestown-area volunteer fire department is celebrating it's 100th anniversary tomorrow.  The Ashville Fire Department will hold it's centennial celebration during a special program tomorrow at the fire hall in Stow... near the junction of State Route 394 and Interstate 86.  Department Secretary Linda Gleason... who's also an EMT with the department... says members are "very excited" about the celebration... which begins at 11 a.m. with remarks by State Senator Cathy Young... County Executive Vince Horrigan... and, others.  The next big event is at Noon when Starflight comes to land at their new helipad in back of the fire house.  There will also be a free chicken barbecue and give-aways.  A raffle is also being held for a new four-wheeler.  The Ashville Fire Department has undergone some major changes the past several years... with all their facilities being combined at the Route 394--I-86 station at Stow Rd. in Stow.  Gleason says they'll also have pictures... and, much more that will tell the 100 year story of the Ashville Department.  Gleason says the chicken barbecue is being served free of charge.  The event runs until 4 p.m. tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

News update for Thurs., Aug. 14, 2014


Robertson makes campaign stop in Fredonia; gets endorsement for stand on senior issues...

The Democrat candidate running against Congressman Tom Reed brought her campaign to Fredonia this morning.  Martha Robertson appeared at Fredonia Place where she received an endorsement from the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare.  The group's Political Director, Phillip Rotondi tells us why they're supporting the Tompkins County Democrat.  Rotondi says they ask the candidates to come in, and meet with them, and they liked Robertson's stand.  He says Reed's stance "left a lot to be desired."  Robertson says there's a big difference between herself and her opponent when it comes to the future of Social Security and Medicare.  She says Reed has voted to privatize Medicare... and, cut benefits for Social Security, and raise the retirement age.  Robertson says that won't happen if she's in Congress.  She is challenging Reed... a Corning Republican... who is seeking his third-term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In a symbolic gesture... Rotondi presented Robertson with a pair of boxing gloves during the Fredonia appearance. 


City police arrest man for allegedly burglarizing downtown U.S. News store...

A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly breaking into a West Third Street store... and, taking stealing a number of items.  City police were called to U.S. News at 111 West Third St. just after 1 a.m. Friday for a burglary in progress.  Officers found the suspect kicked-out the glass in the front door to gain entry... and, that he had fled the scene before they arrived.  Police say they located 35 year-old Patrick Blakemore a short distance away... and, he was arrested.  Blakemore was arraigned on charges of third-degree burglary... criminal mischief and petty larceny.


Five teen hikers now safe and sound after getting lost in Chautauqua Gorge(corrected copy)...

Five teenaged hikers are safe and sound after they became lost in the Chautauqua Gorge late Tuesday night.  Several fire rescue teams... the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office... the county's Emergency Services Department and New York State Forest Rangers were involved in the search efforts that began around 9:30 p.m.  Mayville Fire Chief Ron Trippy says by tracking down the "pings" from the cell phones of the hikers, searchers were able to locate the hikers on a ledge around 4 a.m. Wednesday.  Sheriff's officers say one of the hikers was 16... two others were 17... and, two were 18.  All were from out of town -- with two from Israel.  Due to darkness and other safety concerns, firefighters didn't remove the hikers until around 8 a.m. Wednesday.  The hikers were given supplies to sustain them until they could be moved safely.    


State Standardized Test results released...

New test results show most New York elementary and middle school students still aren't on track to graduate ready for college, but education leaders saw progress in gains in math across all races and economic levels.  State education officials Thursday released results of English and math tests given to students in grades 3 through 8 in April.  It was the second year tests were based on the Common Core curriculum adopted by most states to improve college readiness.  Once again... less than a third of students -- 31 percent -- scored well enough in English to be considered proficient and on track to graduate college-ready.  In math... 36 percent were proficient, compared to 31 percent last year.  Test results are used in annual teacher evaluations and can be considered for student placements.

 

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Five hikers are safe and sound after they became lost in the Chautauqua Gorge late Tuesday night.  Firefighters from several departments, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, the County's Emergency Services Department and New York State Forest Rangers were involved in the search efforts that began around 9:30 PM.  Mayville Fire Chief Ron Trippy says by tracking down the "pings" from the cell phones of the hikers, searchers were able to locate the hikers on a ledge around 4 AM Wednesday.  Three of the hikers were 17... and, two were 18.  Due to darkness and other safety concerns, firefighters didn't remove the hikers until around 8 yesterday morning.  The hikers were given supplies to sustain them until they could be moved safely.    

 

New York state's governor is visiting Israel, where he is expressing ``total solidarity'' with the country in the monthlong Gaza war.  Governor Andrew Cuomo met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, hours before a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was set to expire.

 

Jamestown school board members are generally "very positive" about a five-year, Strategic Plan, developed by eight community-based committees.  The groups were charged with dealing with various aspects of education from student performance to keeping the district sustainable for the long-term.  Board President Joe DiMaio complimented Superintendent Tim Mains for spearheading the effort to get bring 140 parents, school staff, and local leaders together.  DiMaio says they then developed four "goal areas...." The first goal area is ensuring that each student is getting the best education they can get so they can "survive in a very contemporary world."  The other goal areas include creating a safe, and nurturing school environment for both gifted... and, struggling students.  DiMaio says they want to see each child do "the best they can."  The other two goal areas are improving communications and engagement with families and the broader community... and, putting practices and standards in place that support student success.  DiMaio says they made some "minor changes" to language in the document during last night's board work session.  The panel will vote on the final, 5-year plan next Tuesday night.

 

The Department of Environmental Conservation says hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase.  Sporting licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC's 1,100 license sales outlets statewide.  Hunting and trapping licenses are valid for one year beginning Sept. 1. Under a new law that took effect in February, fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from date-of-purchase.  Money from the sale of all sporting licenses goes into the Conservation Fund, which is used to manage New York's fish and wildlife populations and protect and manage fish and wildlife habitat.

 

A new state law aims at combating the problem of maternal depression, and local advocates say there is plenty of evidence it's an issue that needs attention.  Larry Marx with the Children’s Agenda in Rochester says the state is making progress in reducing the number of teen mothers.  But... the latest Kids Count research shows a 34-percent increase in the number of New York children being raised by a single parent. Marx says many are simply not ready to be parents. The new law provides information and guidelines on maternal depression screening, along with public education to promote greater awareness of maternal depression.

 

If you enjoy classic cars... and, or motorcycles... downtown Jamestown will be the place to be this Friday afternoon and evening.  A few years ago... downtown business leaders combined the long-standing "Downtown Crusin'" and "Thunder in the Streets" programs into one day... and, this year they'll be under one name.  The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will be presenting "Motor Mayhem" in the area of Third and Main Streets... and, in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.  JRC Spokesman Peter Lombardi says they decided having a "unified name" was the way to go. Lombardi says streets in the area of the crusin... and the motorcycle stunt program will be closed off earlier in the day... with activities beginning at 3 PM.  He says that's when the cars will be let into the area of Third... North Main and Pine Streets.  He says those looking to compete can enter at the corner of Spring and Third Streets.  At the same time... Lombardi adds that activities will kick off in front of the arena... with the Anti-Tainment Stunt Team's first of three shows beginning at 4 PM.  For more information... go on-line to Jamestownrenaissance-dot-ORG.

 

Jamestown's Brynne Deppas, an employee here at Media One, will take a new job in September... as tour manager for pianist and composer, Jim Brickman.  Brynne's a 2013 graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, not far from Brickman's headquarters.  But they never met until Brickman came to the Media One studios earlier this year to promote a concert he was doing in Jamestown.  Brynne says she's always been a big fan of Brickmans' work... and he liked the the fact she had a deep backgound in music.  In addition to managing Brickman's 'On a Winter's Night Tour' later this year, Brynne Deppas will also be helping to write and produce Brickman's weekly radio show, which airs Saturday mornings on SE-93.  (Brynne is the daughter of Lou and Melissa Deppas, and a 2010 graduate of Jamestown High School.)


 

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Five hikers are safe and sound after they became lost in the Chautauqua Gorge late Tuesday night.  Firefighters from several departments, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, the County's Emergency Services Department and New York State Forest Rangers were involved in the search efforts that began around 9:30 PM.  Mayville Fire Chief Ron Trippy says by tracking down the "pings" from the cell phones of the hikers, searchers were able to locate the hikers on a ledge around 4 AM Wednesday.  Three of the hikers were 17... and, two were 18.  Due to darkness and other safety concerns, firefighters didn't remove the hikers until around 8 yesterday morning.  The hikers were given supplies to sustain them until they could be moved safely.    

 

New York state's governor is visiting Israel, where he is expressing ``total solidarity'' with the country in the monthlong Gaza war.  Governor Andrew Cuomo met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, hours before a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was set to expire.

 

Jamestown school board members are generally "very positive" about a five-year, Strategic Plan, developed by eight community-based committees.  The groups were charged with dealing with various aspects of education from student performance to keeping the district sustainable for the long-term.  Board President Joe DiMaio complimented Superintendent Tim Mains for spearheading the effort to get bring 140 parents, school staff, and local leaders together.  DiMaio says they then developed four "goal areas...." The first goal area is ensuring that each student is getting the best education they can get so they can "survive in a very contemporary world."  The other goal areas include creating a safe, and nurturing school environment for both gifted... and, struggling students.  DiMaio says they want to see each child do "the best they can."  The other two goal areas are improving communications and engagement with families and the broader community... and, putting practices and standards in place that support student success.  DiMaio says they made some "minor changes" to language in the document during last night's board work session.  The panel will vote on the final, 5-year plan next Tuesday night.

 

The Department of Environmental Conservation says hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase.  Sporting licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC's 1,100 license sales outlets statewide.  Hunting and trapping licenses are valid for one year beginning Sept. 1. Under a new law that took effect in February, fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from date-of-purchase.  Money from the sale of all sporting licenses goes into the Conservation Fund, which is used to manage New York's fish and wildlife populations and protect and manage fish and wildlife habitat.

 

A new state law aims at combating the problem of maternal depression, and local advocates say there is plenty of evidence it's an issue that needs attention.  Larry Marx with the Children’s Agenda in Rochester says the state is making progress in reducing the number of teen mothers.  But... the latest Kids Count research shows a 34-percent increase in the number of New York children being raised by a single parent. Marx says many are simply not ready to be parents. The new law provides information and guidelines on maternal depression screening, along with public education to promote greater awareness of maternal depression.

 

If you enjoy classic cars... and, or motorcycles... downtown Jamestown will be the place to be this Friday afternoon and evening.  A few years ago... downtown business leaders combined the long-standing "Downtown Crusin'" and "Thunder in the Streets" programs into one day... and, this year they'll be under one name.  The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will be presenting "Motor Mayhem" in the area of Third and Main Streets... and, in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.  JRC Spokesman Peter Lombardi says they decided having a "unified name" was the way to go. Lombardi says streets in the area of the crusin... and the motorcycle stunt program will be closed off earlier in the day... with activities beginning at 3 PM.  He says that's when the cars will be let into the area of Third... North Main and Pine Streets.  He says those looking to compete can enter at the corner of Spring and Third Streets.  At the same time... Lombardi adds that activities will kick off in front of the arena... with the Anti-Tainment Stunt Team's first of three shows beginning at 4 PM.  For more information... go on-line to Jamestownrenaissance-dot-ORG.

 

Jamestown's Brynne Deppas, an employee here at Media One, will take a new job in September... as tour manager for pianist and composer, Jim Brickman.  Brynne's a 2013 graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, not far from Brickman's headquarters.  But they never met until Brickman came to the Media One studios earlier this year to promote a concert he was doing in Jamestown.  Brynne says she's always been a big fan of Brickmans' work... and he liked the the fact she had a deep backgound in music.  In addition to managing Brickman's 'On a Winter's Night Tour' later this year, Brynne Deppas will also be helping to write and produce Brickman's weekly radio show, which airs Saturday mornings on SE-93.  (Brynne is the daughter of Lou and Melissa Deppas, and a 2010 graduate of Jamestown High School.)


 

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Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly making counterfeit money... and, running a small, methamphetime lab in a home on the city's southside.  Jamestown police say the investigation of a phony bill that turned up at a Brooklyn Square store... led to discovery of the "one-pot" Meth Lab at 519 Forest Avenue.  Officers obtained a warrant... and, raided the home about 2:30 PM yesterday.  They arrested 30 year-old Kirby Driggers... and, 22 year-old Salena Hare for first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.  Investigators also found materials used to make the fake bills.  They then found several two-liter pop bottles where the methamphetime was produced.  A special State Police unit was called in to help remove the bottles from the home... which has now been determined to be safe.  Driggers and Hare were also charged with Felony third-degree manufacturing of methamphetime.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.

 

An Olean man has been found murdered in the scenic overlook area of Route 16 in the Cattaraugus County town of Allegany.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 54 year-old Lamont Clemons was discovered by a Pennsylvania couple last Thursday morning.  Deputies say Clemons... a black male... was not positively identified until last weekend.  Officers say an autopsy was done... and, a gunshot wound to the body has led investigators to rule the death a homicide.  Deputies say the investigation is on-going... and, no further details are being released at this time.  If anyone has any information on the case... call the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office at 938-9191.

 

The head of Jamestown's largest soup kitchen for the past five-plus years has announced she is retiring late this Fall.  St. Susan's Center Executive Director Sue Colwell says the decision is a "bittersweet" one because she will miss the people she's worked with everyday... but, adds she looks forward to continuing the friendships she's made.  St. Susan's Center Board President Chuck Holder says they knew Colwell planned on retiring within the next couple of years... but, adds they were surprised and saddened it's happening this soon. Holder says Colwell... who first began working at St. Susan's as a volunteer in 2006... has presided over a major move with the Center moving to the Gateway Center on Water Street a few years ago.  He says they've also seen a major increase in the number of people they serve daily and monthly... which is a by product of the local economy over the past 5 to 6 years.  While she's retiring at the end of October... Holder says Colwell still plans to be involved with the center... especially with their fund-raisers.  The search for a new director will begin immediately.

 

"We've all lost a comedy genius."  Those are the feelings on the tragic death of legendary Comedian Robin Williams from the head of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center of Comedy in Jamestown.  Director Journey Gunderson recalled her days as a child watching her parents laugh at William's work in the movie "Good Morning, Vietnam..." as well as his TV sitcom, "Mork and Mindy."  Williams died of an apparent suicide Monday at his California home.  Gunderson says it's a time of reflection for his millions of fans. Gunderson also recalled that Williams' idol... mentor... and friend -- Jonathan Winters -- died just last year.  The Lucy-Desi Center is involved in working to create a National Comedy Center in Jamestown... and, she says part of it's mission would be to memorialize people like Williams and Winters.  He says it will allow new generations to "laugh" with people like them and appreciate their work.  Gunderson says Williams' humor was cross-generational.  The U-S-O also heaped high praise on Williams... who visited the troops overseas several times.  The U-S-O called Williams "this era's Bob Hope."

 

The head of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center is very pleased with how the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival went last week.  The five-day event ended Sunday after what Journey Gunderson called the festival's "shinning moment..." that was the Saturday night appearance of retired "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno... who still does a stand-up act.  Gunderson says... looking back... they had a "lot of comedic talent" in town for the festival... and, it got better each night. Gunderson says a lot of the out of town fans said this was "the best vacation I've ever taken... and, I don't know how you're going to top it next year... but, we're coming back."  She says there is so much comedic talent "out there..." that she believes they will top it.  Gunderson says having the "wonderful accoustics" at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena was the capper for the sold-out appearance by Leno last Saturday night.  She says they estimate at least 10 to 13-thousand people attended the events from 37 states... and, several countries.

 

A Jamestown man arrested several months ago for his alleged involvement in a small cocaine ring has been sentenced to six-years in state prison.  District Attorney David Foley says 52 year-old Cleophis Harris received the determinate term in Chautauqua County Court for trafficking "crack" cocaine in the Jamestown-area.  Harris was one of several people arrested for allegedly trafficking the narcotic drug.  He was also sentenced to three-years post-release supervision after being found guilty of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Four others were sentenced in County Court Monday... including another Jamestown man for third-degree burglary.  Foley says 44 year-old Johnny Nunez was sentenced to 2-and-a-half to 5 years in state prison.  Foley adds another city man... 40 year-old Byron Lawton... was sentenced to 3 years in prison for violation of probation.  He will also serve three-years post-release supervision.

 

 

 


 

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City police are on the look-out for a short, Hispanic man who allegedly held up the Seven-11 Store on Allen Street with a knife early Sunday morning.  Jamestow Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the suspect entered the store at 340 Allen shortly before 1 AM... and, pulled a long-knife on the clerk.  Samuelson says the suspect... who was wearing a black ski mask over this face... first demanded money from the register.  He says the clerk gave a pretty good description of what the bandit was wearing. Samuelson adds the robber was also wearing a gray sweatshirt... and, dark pants.  But... most he says the most distinguisable item was he was wearing a pair of shoes that were dark with a white design, and trim on them.  Samuelson says the suspect also locked the employee in a back room... and, took a number of cigarettes before fleeing the scene.  He says while the clerk was locked in a back room... some witnesses did see which way the bandit fled once he was out of the store.  If you have any information on the robbery... call city police at 483-7537... or Samuelson says you can call their confidential tip line at 483-8477.

 

New York has amended state election law to prohibit candidates from serving as poll watchers in an election district where they appear on the ballot. Sponsors say in some jurisdictions, it's common for candidates for public office to be appointed poll watchers, even though election inspectors say that borders on electioneering and is intimidating to voters. The law says this new provision doesn't prevent candidates from visiting a polling place in their districts on Election Day when polls are open. The measure, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, is effective immediately.

 

A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly selling Heroin to undercover police officers during an investigation into trafficking in the city.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force... early last weekend... took 32 year-old Amanda Huber of Pardee Avenue into custody for selling a quantity of the narcotic drug to task force members.  Officers picked Huber up on a warrant charging her with one count of third-degree criminal sale... and, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Task Force agents say she was arraigned in city court... and, sent to the county jail without bail.  Police say more charges are pending.  Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is asked to contact the task force at 664-2420... or their confidential hot-line at 1-800-344-8702.

 

The latest two forums held in Chautauqua County on the opiate drug addiction problem plaguing the area were a success... and, progress is being made.  However... County Executive Vince Horrigan says "this is a marathon... not a sprint" in trying to deal with everything from prevention to law enforcement.  Last Wednesday's forums were held in Jamestown and Dunkirk.  Horrigan says the recent arrests of 41 people in the Jamestown-area for trafficking Heroin in the region was a major development in stemming the flow of the drug. Horrigan adds that even the media has helped... by raising awareness of the problem... and, recent arrests made.  It's also upped the awareness regarding the high demand for opiates -- especially Heroin.  Horrigan says they're working on several aspects including treatment... and, coordinating that.  He says a hot-line is in the works right now.  He says one presenter said the average opiate abuser is 40 to 41 years old.

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed has become a co-sponsor of legislation that attempts to end sexual assault on American campus.  The Corning Republican has announced his support of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act that has received bi-partisan support in the U-S Senate.  Reed says the legislation fits his "No More" campaign against sexual assault and domestic violence. The legislation is aimed at increasing resources for victims of sexual assault at universities and colleges across the nation.  It would also impose stiff penalties against campuses that don't comply with the legislation.  Reed says there is "strong Senate support" with New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand leading the way in that chamber.  The issue has touched Reed personally... since he has a niece who was sexually assaulted.

 

A DeWittville man escaped serious injury when his motorcycle was struck by a car that was pulling back onto Thornton Road in the town of Ellington last Saturday night.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene about 8:30 PM... and, found that the motorcyclist... 54 year-old Greg Livermore was riding his Harley Davidson northbound when a passenger van entered the roadway from a parked position... and, collided with the motorcycle.  The operator of the car, 16 year-old Britney Clifton of Leon, was charged with failure to yield.  Both Livermore and Clifton were taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Clifton had a learner's permit... but, the licensed driver supervising her was not 21 years old.  Clifton's 18 year old female passenger was not injured in the crash.
 


A poll shows most New York voters think corruption is a serious problem in Albany, though most are unfamiliar with the anti-corruption commission the governor shuttered in April.  The Siena College poll also shows 81 percent don't know who U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is.  An outspoken critic of Albany corruption, Bharara has taken the files of the Moreland commission and subpoenaed papers of commissioners themselves following a newspaper report the administration interfered in the commission's selection of targets.  The poll shows 47 percent say corruption in state government is a very serious problem and 39 percent say it's somewhat serious.  Meanwhile, 67 percent say they are unfamiliar with the Moreland commission's work.  The poll last week of 863 registered likely voters has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.


 

News Update for Mon., Aug. 11, 2014


City police looking for Hispanic male who allegedly robbed 7-Eleven on Allen St. early Sunday...

Jamestown police are looking for a short, Hispanic man who was wearing a distinctive pair of shoes when he robbed the 7-Eleven store on Allen Street early yesterday morning.  Jamestow Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the suspect entered the store at 340 Allen shortly before 1 a.m., and, pulled a long-knife on the clerk.  Samuelson says the suspect... who was wearing a black ski mask over this face... first demanded money from the register.  He says bandit was also wearign a gray sweatshirt... and, dark pants.  But... he says the shoes stood out on surveillance video.  Samuelson says the shoes were a darker color with a white design, and trim.  He says the suspect also locked the employee in a back room... and, took a number of cigarettes before fleeing the scene.  He says while the clerk was locked in a back room... some witnesses saw which way the bandit fled once he was out of the store.  Again... if you have any information on the robbery... call city police at 483-7537... or the tips lines at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.


Two Jamestown-area men, and two horses, escape serious injury in car-truck accident in town of Busti...

There were no serious injuries reported when a car struck a truck hauling a horse trailer broadside on Forest Avenue extension yesterday morning in the town of Busti.  Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley says the driver of the car... which was eastbound on Garfield Road... apparently failed to yield at the intersection with Forest about 9:30 a.m.  Bentley says the car then struck the trailer... driven by a Jamestown-area man with his son inside.  The trailer had two horses inside.  Bentley says the truck and trailer were pushed into a tree and a utility pole... and, a hurst tool had to be called in to free the two men.  He says both were treated at WCA Hospital and later released.  Bentley says the two draught horses were injured slightly... and, were freed from the trailer with no problems.  The driver of the car faces a failure to yield charge.


 

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Ground was broken during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on the first Phase of the proposed National Comedy Center on Jamestown's westside. The first part of the Comedy Center... which is proposed to be part of the Gateway Train Station... will be the National Comedy Center Park.  The park will be located on a large piece of land on the northside of the train station.  National Comedy Center Board President Tom Benson showed the crowd assembled Saturday night an architectural design of the park... and, showed what the "patio area" will look like. Benson says the green area north of the tracks will be connected by a lighted path to the city's Riverwalk along the Chadakoin River.  Among those on hand for the ground-breaking was Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's daughter, Lucie, who is excited to see the project moving forward... adding her mother and father would be honored to have a lasting legacy.  Benson says a lot of the money needed for the project is in hand... thanks to local foundations.  They are also seeking a 6-million dollar, state grant which has been supported by the city.  National Comedy Center officials estimate total cost of the project at 33-million dollars. 

 

The curtain has come down on the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... and, by all accounts... it was a huge success!!! There was a festive atmosphere outside the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena prior to Saturday night's sold-out headliner show with Jay Leno.  There was music, classic cars, and street vendors during a pre-show party.  Prior to Jay Leno doing his stand-up act before 22-hundred people at the arena... the crowd was entertained by Lucille Ball's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, who did a brief musical set to welcome the audience.  In some regards... she says it's like being home. Leno did about a 70-minute stand-up show to the delight of the audience... most of them familiar with Leno having hosted "The Tonight Show" for many years.  The show had been a sell-out for since shortly after they went on sale last Spring.  Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Center Board Treasurer Mike Latone said there were "hundreds of people" downtown during the day.  Board Vice-President Lou Deppas says people from 36 states... and, several countries -- including Canada -- were represented during the five-day festival.    

 

A man from Toronto, Canada died from injuries suffered early last weekend when his motorcycle crashed into a guard rail on a rural road in Warren County, Pennsylvania.  State Police in Warren say 37 year-old Isa Hussain missed a curve on Longhouse Scenic Drive about 3:15 PM Friday when he lost control... and, the two-wheeler hit the guard rail.  Troopers say Hussein was rushed to Warren General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

 

A Jamestown man faces a weapon's charge after a stun gun was found in his possession when his car was pulled over for speeding in the town of North Harmony.  Sheriff's officers say they pulled over 25 year-old Jason Bang, Junior on Route 394 about 10 PM last Friday.  Deputies say they found the stun gun during their investigation.  Bang was arrested... and, charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, speeding.  He will answer the charges in North Harmony Town Court at a future date.

 

The union representing about 175 workers at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk is taking their concerns about stalling contract negotiations to the public.  Members of SEIU-Local #1199 held a rally in Washington Park late last week after conducting an informational picket outside the hospital.  SEIU member Kathleen Jackman, a 32-year Brooks employee, says the main concern is for their patients and the community. Local State Senator Cathy Young spoke at the rally and expressed her concerns about the future of the hospital and the workers.  The Olean Republican who has been trying to assist Lake Shore Hospital with a pending sale... is also concerned about Brooks Memorial's future. Union employees expressed concern about the influence of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on negotiations since the three top Brooks Administrators have UPMC connections.  The union's three-year contract expired at the end of April.  The hospital is also involved with negotiations with the union representing its nurses.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo, under fire for dismantling his anti-corruption panel, isn't the only candidate whose actions are being questioned by federal prosecutors.  Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, the Republican challenging Cuomo's re-election, has been ordered by a judge to submit to a deposition.  A federal monitor alleged that Astorino has been lying about a housing desegregation settlement.  Astorino denied the charge... but, the judge ordered him to submit to seven hours of interrogation.

 

A former Chautauqua County legislator has been appointed as dean of Arts, Humanities, and Health Sciences at Jamestown Community College.  Maria Kindberg most recently oversaw JCC's "College Connections" program... which provides college course opportunities for high school students the past eight years.  The program, which achieved National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation in 2009, offered 52 different credit courses in 40 area high schools during the past academic year.  Kindberg was a member of the Chautauqua County Legislature from 1996-1999 and 2003-201l.

News Update for Fri., Aug. 8, 2014


Volunteers, interns, help support staff for Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown...

The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival has kicked into high-gear... with thousands of visitors in the Jamestown-area to take in all the programs... and, headliner shows.  The Jay Leno headliner program tomorrow night has been sold-out for weeks... and, up-and-coming Comedian Tom Cotter takes the stage tonight at 8 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  With more than 50 events taking place through Sunday... Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says they have a small army of about 200 volunteers to help out.  Gunderson says they realize this is the one-vacation a year for many... so, they try to put on a wide variety of good events for those fans.  In addition to the volunteers... which include the Lakewood-area Young Woman of the Year program contestants... Gunderson says they have nine interns that assist the staff.  She says they're here for three-months... which include the festival.  Gunderson says they only have a small number of full-time staff -- including herself... and, some other part-timers.  For more information on the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... go on-line to www.lucycomedyfest.com.


Two city men arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine in Jamestown-area...

Two Jamestown men are in the county jail without bail for allegedly trafficking powder, and "crack" cocaine following a police raid on the city's northside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the JPD Narcotics Investigation Unit and State Police C-NET Team raided an apartment at 28 Euclid Ave. late Thursday night following a lengthy investigation.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says investigators had identified 38 year-old Dwight Leeper of the Euclid Avenue address... and, 28 year-old Larico Jones of Broadhead Avenue as suspects in the case.  Both were arrested for third-degree criminal possession of controlled substance.  Officers also seized about 7 grams of cocaine... worth several thousand dollars... drug paraphrenalia, and a small amount of marijuana.  Leeper was also charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  Both were arraigned... and, sent to the county lock-up.


Cummins Engine celebrates 40th Anniversary...

There have been good times -- and bad -- and, times of major change.  But... Cummins Engine Company's Jamestown Engine Plant has survived... and, is now thriving... in the Jamestown-area.  Plant Manager Mike Abate hosted an hour-long program Friday morning featuring past plant managers... Cummins officials... and local dignitaries to begin the plant's 40th Anniversary weekend.  Abate welcomed the gathering in the lunch-room of the town of Busti facility... and, called it a "really neat occasion."  He says the events they've planned are "designed to celebrate the past and present, and look forward to the future."  Some of that leadership from earlier years remains in place at Cummin's world-wide headquarters in Columbus, Indiana.  A "very critical" time was in 2002-to-2003.  That's when the company introduced a new engine line -- the ISX -- and, finally decided to consolidate it's heavy-duty engine operations.  However... the decision to locate that at the Jamestown plant didn't come until the second-half of 2002.  The Plant Manager at the time was Ignacio Garcia... who says they worked hard during the Christmas and New Year's holidays in 2002 to be ready to start up production in early 2003.


Dignitaries, local officials, address crowd at Cummins anniversary...

One of the dignitaries on hand has had a long-standing relationship with Cummins Engine Company... but, says the most memorable one was in 2002.  That's when Cummin's headquarters had to decide whether to consolidate it's heavy-duty engine lines in Columbus, Indiana or Jamestown.  State Senator Cathy Young joined former Governor George Pataki at the announcement that Cummins had decided to expand at the town of Busti plant.  Young says she can't say enough to the company, and it's "belief in New York State, and believe in our community."  Several officials touted the teamwork of the company employees as being a key reason for the plant's success... and, the ultimate decision to expand the Jamestown engine facility.  They were also thanked for all their support of the community.  County Executive Vince Horrigan talked about the support workers and management gave to the local Red Cross chapter when he headed it up.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell also congratulaed the company... and, joked about about being a minor shareholder in Cummins.
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Jamestown plant Manager Mike Abate also reminded the public that there will be an open house at the plant tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m.

 

 

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The first project for the Chautauqua County Landbank program in Jamestown is nearly completed on the city's northside.  The process was high-lighted during a press conference Thursday morning in front of the single-family home at 11-15 Prendergast Avenue.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says the county took the vacant property through the tax foreclosure process... and, it was sold to the Chautauqua Home Rehablitation and Improvement Corporation to be renovated for a new owner. Horrigan says CHRIC committed to making some basic improvements... and, the new owner then has to agree to specific upgrades, and to living in the structure.  It was announced that the new owner has been approved as of this morning.  However... Landbank Director Mark Geise says they don't have the person's identity yet.  Geise.. who is deputy director of the county's Planning and Economic Development Department... and Horrigan call the Landbank an "exciting" development because it's been a "team effort" involving both the city and county.  The County Landback Corporation was one of about 20 initially approved not long ago by the state.

 

An education watchdog group says New York state is billions of dollars behind in funding its schools and that it's unfairly hurting students in poorer districts.  A report Thursday by the Alliance for Quality Education says the state owes districts 4.9-billion dollar in aid that it promised by 2011 to comply with an earlier court ruling.  State education officials aren't commenting on the report.

 

Jamestown school officials are working on a first-ever... 5-year Strategic Plan to improve student performance... and, sustain the district for the long-term.  Superintendent Tim Mains presented a draft of the plan at this week's meeting.  Mains says it was developed by eight committees made up of several members of the community... and, school staff members.  He says developing such a 5-year plan was part of his Entry Plan into the district one year ago. Mains says the proposed Strategic Plan "embodies" the district's vision of "every child learning every day."  He says the eight teams each presented reports... which he boiled down to four "goal areas."  Mains says the first goal area -- and main focus is -- ensuring that each student is getting the best education they can get so they can "survive in a very contemporary world."  The other goal areas include creating a safe, and nurturing school environment... improving communications and engagement with families and the broader community... and, putting practices and standards in place that support student success.

 

New York education officials have released half of the state's 2014 standardized math and English test questions.  The material released late Wednesday includes questions from tests that students in grades 3 through 8 took last spring.  Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch says releasing the test questions will help teachers assess whether their students are learning.  But... critics say the test questions are flawed.  Special education teacher Bianca Tanis says some questions are not ``developmentally appropriate.''  This year was the second year that New York's tests were designed to incorporate the Common Core learning standards that have been adopted by most states in an effort to boost academic rigor.  Scores plunged in 2013... the first year of Common Core-aligned tests.  The 2014 test scores will be released later this month.

 

A Pittsfield, Pennsylvania man faces charges after leading police on a high speed chase from the area of State Route 6  to a back yard on Depot Street in Irvine.  Police clocked 20 year old Jared Camp going 109 miles per hour in a 55 zone just after 8:30 Wednesday evening.  Police tried to pull Camp over before he sped off.  Shortly after police terminated the pursuit due to public risk they received a call from a woman in the area of Depot Street saying a dark colored Mustang was stuck in her yard.  Police identified the Mustang and detained Camp and his passenger who had not been identified.   A search of the car led police to find several loaded firearms Camp was not licensed to have. Camp was arraigned Thursday on charges including Weapons not to be carried without a license, endagering the life of another person and a number of traffic violations.  Camp was released on 50 thousand dollars unsecure bail.

 

A city man faces a criminal mischief charge after allegedly vandalizing a car on Jamestown's southside early Thursday morning.  City Police were called to 262 Broadhead Avenue about 12:40 AM... and, found a window of a vehicle had been smashed out.  Officers says an eyewitness told them a white male... who wasn't wearing a shirt... had walked away from the scene on Barker Street.  Police later stopped a man who fit the description... identified as 25 year-old Christopher Delahoy... who was found walking on South Main Street.  He was charged... and, jailed pending arraignment.

 

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan can't give any specifics... but, says Wednesday's meeting of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council went well.  The council met in Buffalo to review and finalize priority projects for consideration of Empire State Development grant funding.  Horrigan says that he was pleased with the process... and, says they hope to know something more concrete by later this year. Horrigan says he expects a formal announcement from Governor Cuomo's office in October.  The Economic Development Council reviewed nearly 20-million dollars in proposals from Chautauqua County that are up for consideration.  Among those items was a one-million dollar request to include the Village of Fredonia as part of a North County Water District.

 

A law professor challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic primary is defending her campaign against claims that she hasn't lived in the state long enough to run.  The challenge to Zephyr Teachout's campaign went before a Brooklyn judge on Thursday.  A decision is expected next week.  The effort to strike Teachout's name from the ballot was filed by two men who claim Teachout spent significant time in Vermont in recent years.  Their attorney noted Thursday that Teachout only obtained a New York driver's license this year... and, listed a Vermont address on a 2012 document.  The Fordham University law professor says she moved to New York in 2009 and meets the five-year residency requirement.  Teachout says she spends time in Vermont because her family lives there.

 

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A major manufacturer of heavy-duty truck engines is celebrating it's 40th anniversary in the Jamestown-area this weekend with activities -- including an open house.  Cummins Engine of Columbus, Indiana first located in the former Art Metal building in 1974... and, has been there since.  A formal commemoration is scheduled for Friday morning... but, a public open house is set for this Saturday afternoon.  Plant Manager Mike Abate says the open house is a way to let the community known they appreciate their partnership over the past four decades.
Abate says the plant will be shut-down for the open house.  But... he says they'll have guided tours of their huge complex... located off Baker Street Extension near Ashville.  Abate says the tours will give the public a "sense" of how they build the engines from start to finish.  There'll also be vehicle and engine displays... a 1952 Indy race car on display... and, a petting zoo.  Abate says about 40-percent of the heavy-duty trucks in North American have an engine from the Jamestown Engine Plant.

 

Coaches of school sports teams will be legally required to report suspected child abuse to authorities under a law taking effect in New York state.  The law adds school coaches to the list of professions including physicians, social workers and daycare providers who are required to contact authorities when they believe a child is being abused.  The list also includes teachers.  However... it hadn't been clear if the same rules applied to sports coaches paid by a school district.

 

Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have dropped about another penny this week to 3-dollars-85 cents a gallon.  That from this week's Triple-A Fuel Gauge report.  Triple-A says the average price for regular, unleaded gasoline, based on reports from 19 local service stations was 3-dollars-84.6 cents.  One station was at 3--80 a gallon.  However... the Fuel Gauge says that's still higher than last year'a average at this time... when it was just under 3--80 a gallon.  Nationally... Triple-A reports that for the first time since March 12th... the average price for unleaded gas dropped below 3-dollars-50 cents a gallon.

 

The United States is beginning to see the benefit of domestic gas and oil production with the fact gasoline prices have come down in recent weeks.  Local Congressman Tom Reed says that's even though oil prices have gone up.  Reed says this validates his feeling that the U-S needs an "All of the Above" energy policy.  Despite the violence and unrest across the Middle East... he says domestic gas prices have not been severely impacted -- when in the past -- they shot up. There is still a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing... or "fracking" in New York state.  Reed says a couple of weekend newspaper stories pointed out that even though oil prices are up 41-cents a barrel this week... there's been a decrease in gas prices.  The Corning Republican also reiterated his belief that having strong domestic energy production and supply makes us more secure.  His comments come in the wake of a new report by the federal Energy Information Administration that says Marcellus Shale natural gas production hit an all-time high in July.

 

The ribbon was cut Wednesday on a "sweet" new, seasonal business has opened in downtown Jamestown near it's entertainment district.  "The Sprinkle Cone" is a new ice cream parlor at 207 Pine Street in part of the former Jones Tasty Baking location.  Owner-Operator Kate Harris has been open since Friday... just to get the feel of scooping cones... and, says she's both "happy and excited" to be open... especially with a number of downtown events coming up over the next two to three weeks. Harris had worked at Forte Restaurant until opening the ice cream shop... and, she's hoping this is just the first step in a full-fledged, year-round business down the road.  The building at 207-to-209 Pine is now owned by local entrepreneur Peter Scheira (Shear-uh)... who's been given a boost by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation with a "50-50" grant.  Harris says The Sprinkle Cone is serving Addies Ice Cream... which is made locally in Findley Lake... and, she'll have 10 flavors available at any one time.  She plans to be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays... and, 2 to 8 p.m. Sundays.

 

Governor Cuomo has ordered flags on state government buildings across New York to be flown at half-staff to honor the general from upstate who was killed in Afghanistan Tuesday.  The U.S. military says 55-year-old Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene of Falls Church, Virginia, died Tuesday when a gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military academy near Kabul.  Greene was born in Albany and graduated from high school in suburban Guilderland.

 

Jamestown and other urbans areas of New York state aren't the only places dealing with the Heroin epidemic.  There's been a major drug bust in the Adirondack mountains where troopers found 500 bags of the narcotic drug in the vehicle.  The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that three St. Lawrence County residents were arrested on drug charges after troopers pulled over a Hyundai Santa Fe on Route 86 in Ray Brook Tuesday evening.  Police say the vehicle was stopped for an unsafe lane change and an obstructed license plate.  The driver was 24-year-old Jordan Thomas of Potsdam.  The passengers were 23-year-old Gerald Dissottle Junior of Norwood and 31-year-old Allen Oshier of Canton.  Police say Dissottle had 500 bags of heroin in his pants.  A vehicle search turned up some crack cocaine, marijuana and a digital scale.  The three face various drug charges.

News Update for Wed., Aug. 6, 2014


Local gasoline prices fall slightly this week, even though oil prices have jumped...

Jamestown-area gasoline prices have fallen about another penny this week to $3.85 a gallon.  That from the AAA East Central’s weekly Fuel Gauge report.  AAA says the average price for regular, unleaded gasoline, based on reports from 19 local service stations was $3.84.6.  One station was at $3.80 a gallon.  However... the Fuel Gauge says that's still higher than last year'a average at this time... when it was just under $3.80 a gallon.  Nationally... AAA reports that for the first time since Mar. 12, the average price for unleaded gas dropped below $3.50 cents a gallon.


Reed says increase in oil price with corresponding drop in gasoline prices supports his "All of the Above" energy strategy...

While oil prices have gone up... gasoline prices have come down in the United States... and, Chautauqua County's representative in Congress says it's because of stepped up production of oil and natural gas here at home.  That's why Corning Republican Tom Reed still believes the U-S needs an "All of the Above" energy policy.  Despite the violence and unrest across the Middle East... he says domestic gasoline prices have not been severely impacted.  Reed says a couple of weekend newspaper stories pointed out that runs contrary to the past.  Not too long ago... such stories would bring a corresponding "spike" upward in prices.  Reed says we are now seeing the benefit of the development of oil and gas production... mainly through hydraulic fracturing -- or "fracking."  He says that impacts the domestic supply... and, provides stability to U.S. prices.  In addition... Reed reiterates having a strong domestic energy supply believes it makes us more secure.  Reed's comments come in the wake of a new report by the federal Energy Information Administration report that says Marcellus Shale natural gas production hit an all-time high in July. 


Ribbon cut on new ice cream shoppe, "The Sprinkle Cone," in Jamestown...

The ribbon was cut Wednesday on a "sweet" new, seasonal business has opened in downtown Jamestown near it's entertainment district.  "The Sprinkle Cone" is a new ice cream parlor at 207 Pine St. in part of the former Jones Tasty Baking location.  Owner-Operator Kate Harris has been open since Friday... just to get the feel of scooping cones... and, says she's both "happy and excited" to be open... especially with a number of downtown events coming up over the next two to three weeks... including the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival this weekend... followed by "Crusin'" and "Thunder in the Streets."  Harris had worked at Forte Restaurant until opening the ice cream shop... and, she's hoping this is just the first step in a full-fledged, year-round business down the road.  The building at 207-to-209 Pine is now owned by local entrepreneur Peter Scheira, who's been given a boost by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation with a "50-50" grant.  Harris says The Sprinkle Cone is serving Addies Ice Cream... which is made locally in Findley Lake... and, she'll have 10 flavors available at any one time.  She plans to be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays... and, 2 to 8 p.m. Sundays.

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Phase-six of the city of Jamestown's Riverwalk Project got off to a rainy start this afternoon at the McCrea Point Boat Launch on the city's westside.  A heavy downpour prevented a ceremonial ground-breaking... but, failed to dampen enthusiasm for this part of the multi-million dollar effort along the Chadakoin River.  Mayor Sam Teresi says a grant from the state Environmental Protection Fund will provide about half-a-million dollars of the funding for this part of the project. Teresi says new asphalt paths will be constructed around the perimeter of the boatlanding... as well as from West Third Street to Jones and Gifford Avenue on the eastside of the Chadakoin River.  Regional State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation representative Jay Bailey says they're happy to help out... adding they use EPF dollars to help urban areas do "projects like these."  Teresi adds that new playgrounds will also be installed as part of this phase in the vista on Steele Street near the Third Street Bridge... and, the McCrea Point Boat Landing.

 

A new Marist College poll shows Governor Cuomo's lead over his GOP challenger shrank following news that his administration is being investigated for meddling with an anti-corruption commission.  The survey released Tuesday by Marist College gives Cuomo, a Democrat, 54-percent of the vote compared to 23 percent who back Republican Rob Astorino.  A poll last month put Cuomo's lead at 59-to-24 percent.  While some voters were swayed by allegations that Cuomo's top aide discouraged the panel from investigating groups linked to his administration... the episode hasn't significantly altered the race.

 

New York's governor is studying the state's options for how to spend an estimated 4.2-billion dollar budget surplus.  The state says the windfall is the result of recent financial settlements with banks and insurance companies.  BNP Paribas, for example, agreed to pay a 2.2-billion dollar penalty to the state after pleading guilty to charges that it violated economic sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries including Sudan, Cuba and Iran.  Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration says Monday that it's reviewing options for the unanticipated revenue.  Possibilities include paying down state debt, building up the state's financial reserves, or spending the money on one-time capital expenses.  The money would certainly help cover the cost of one big-ticket item: the new Tappan Zee Bridge, which has a price tag of 3.9-billion dollars.

 

If you were shut-out of getting a ticket for Jay Leno's sold-out performance... there are plenty of good tickets left for other performances at this week's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  The annual event begins today with several events in downtown Jamestown... and, kicks into high gear on Thursday.  The Friday night headliner is up-and-coming stand-up Comedian Tom Cotter.  Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center of Comedy Director Journey Gunderson says Cotter really made a name for himself as being the first comic to make the finals of "America's Got Talent...." Gunderson says she had the chance to see one of Cotter's performances in Buffalo several months ago... and, believed he would be a good fit for the local comedy festival.  Cotter's show begins at 8 PM Friday.  On Thursday night... Caroline Rhea of "The Biggest Loser" fame will take the stage with three others for the annual "Comedy Showcase."  Gunderson says -- in addition to "Loser" -- Rhea has a 'stand-up' career dating back to 1989.  She says Carmen Lynch... Moody McCarthy... and, Andrew Norelli all have solid comedy credits.  For more information on the festival... go on-line to Lucycomedyfest-dot-COM.

 

A mother and son from Jamestown will be the first parent--sibling team to lead the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's annual campaign this year.  United Way Executive Director Tori Irgang says Melissa and Shane Uber will serve as General Campaign Co-Chairs for the 2014 campaign... which kicks-off September 11th.  Irgang says Melissa is a partner in the family's printing business, Quick Solutions.  She says Shane is a Corporate Counsel for the law firm A-W Farrell and Son... and, has opened his own firm in Jamestown.  Irgang says they wanted the Uber's to make sure they wanted to take on this responsibility first. Irgang says this year's goal is 1.32-million dollars... which is about 5-thousand dollars more than last year.  She says they feel Shane and Melissa Uber are up to the task... but, add the campaign will have to get out of the "gate early" in order to meet the goal by the end of the year.  Again... the General Campaign will kick-off on Thursday, September 11th at the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club with a community service program... and, other activities.

 

The year 1864 was an important one in the history of the Civil War.  It was the year that Ulysses S. Grant rose to become the main leader of the Union Army.  That from reknowned Historian and Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns... who is having a week devoted to his work at Chautauqua Institution this week.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle Tuesday morning... Burns referred back to his five-hour documentary on the Civil War... and, the success it's had.  He says Grant had "4 in the morning Courage" because he could be awakened at 4 AM about an enemy move... and, be "cool as a cuccumber."  Looking back... Burns says making a five-hour series using just still-photos... music... interviews and a narrator... was a tough sell.  But... 24 years later... it's still the highest rated program in the history of public television.  Burns will also be on the amphitheater stage today with Geoffrey Ward talking about his upcoming documentary on Vietnam.

 

 

News Update for Tues., Aug. 5, 2014


Next phase of Jamestown's Riverwalk project kicks off Tuesday...

Phase-six of the city of Jamestown's Riverwalk Project got off to a rainy start this afternoon at the McCrea Point Boat Launch on the city's westside.  A heavy downpour prevented a ceremonial ground-breaking... but, failed to dampen enthusiasm for this part of the multi-million dollar effort along the Chadakoin River.  Mayor Sam Teresi says a grant from the state Environmental Protection Fund will provide about half-a-million dollars of the funding for this part of the project.  Teresi says the McCrea Park itself will get about a $475,000 make-over as part of the nearly $750,000 project.  Teresi says new asphalt paths will be constructed around the perimeter of the boatlanding... as well as from West Third Street to Jones and Gifford Avenue on the eastside of the Chadakoin River.  Regional State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation representative Jay Bailey says they're happy to help out.  Teresi adds that new playgrounds will also be installed as part of this Phase in the vista on Steele Street near the Third Street Bridge... and, the McCrea Point Boat Landing.  He adds the project should be completed in about one-year.


State budget surplus in NYS expected to top $4-billion; Cuomo looking at options for using it...

Governor Andrew Cuomo is studying New York state's options for how to spend an estimated $4.2-billion budget surplus.  State officials say the windfall is the result of recent financial settlements with banks and insurance companies.  BNP Paribas, for example, agreed to pay a $2.2-billion penalty to the state after pleading guilty to charges that it violated economic sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries including Sudan, Cuba and Iran.  Cuomo's administration says that it's reviewing options for the unanticipated revenue.  Possibilities include paying down state debt, building up the state's financial reserves, or spending the money on one-time capital expenses.


Leno may be a sell-out, but, still plenty of opportunities available to see top comedy acts at Lucy Comedy Fest...

If you were shut-out of getting one of the "hot" tickets for Jay Leno's sold-out performance... there are plenty of good tickets left for other performances at this week's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  The annual event begins tomorrow with several events in downtown Jamestown... and, kicks into high gear on Thursday.  The Friday night headliner is up-and-coming stand-up Comedian Tom Cotter.  Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center of Comedy Director Journey Gunderson says Cotter really made his mark as being the first comic to make the finals of "America's Got Talent."  On Thursday night... Carolina Rhea of "The Biggest Loser" fame will take the stage with three others for the annual "Comedy Showcase."  Gunderson says -- in addition to "Loser" -- Rhea has a stand-up career dating back to 1989.  For more information on the festival... go on-line to www.lucycomedyfest.com.


 

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Local Congressman Tom Reed says he supported the House Republican's 694-million dollar measure to address the crisis on the U-S--Mexican border.  Reed also supported a companion bill that could lead to the deportation of more than half-a-million immigrants to whom the administration granted temporary work permits.  Reed says the main bill... which was approved 223-to-189... was a "reasonable, and targeted" piece of legislation. The second measure to deport certain immigrants here illegally was approved 216-to-192.  Reed says he would have voted for the initial measure in the House... but, he says some members wanted language in that bill changed... which is why it was pulled.  Reed was disappointed the Senate had already left Washington, because they're going to have to deal with it when lawmakers return after the Summer break.  The Corning Republican says the House appropriation will last until the end of this fiscal year in October.  The Senate had passed it's own version of an illegal immigration bill to deal with the crisis... but, it reportedly totals 3-billion dollars.

 

Two people were hurt yesterday afternoon in a single-car accident on Interstate 86 in the town of Ellery when the driver fell asleep at the wheel.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene of the crash shortly before 4 PM.  Officers say their investigation showed that the operator... identified as 21 year-old Jared Gambrell of Sayre, Pennsylvania, fell asleep... and, the car went into the median... and, struck a culvert.  Deputies say Gambrell and his passenger... 22 year-old Zoe Wiefeldt of Kalamazoo, Michigan were taken to WCA Hospital for evaluation.  Gambrell was issued appearance tickets for Ellery Town Court for driving without a license... and, moving from lane unsafely.

 

Treatment is one of three key areas addresed during yesterday's two follow-up forums to last March's County-wide Community Drug Forum.  Monday morning's forum was held at Jamestown Community College's Carnahan Center in Jamestown.  One of the presenters... Dr. Dave Withers... works with the Marworth Treatment Center in Virginia.  Treatment has come to the forefront in the area with last week's major drug sweep in Jamestown where 41 accused Heroin traffickers were arrested.  Officials believe there will be an increase in people seeking treatment.  Withers says addiction is a bigger problem among the pediatric and adolscent age groups because their brain's are still developing. Withers primarily works with adults at the Marworth Center.  He showed the approximately 70 people on hand Monday morning a slide with two children... one that is "huffing" a substance... and, another is smoking some kind of drug.  Withers pointed to one who seems to be having a good time... and, is more likely to "take chances" for enjoyment despite the risks.  The second forum was at JCC's North County Training Center in Dunkirk.

 

A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly being in possession of Heroin... and, a loaded hypodermic needle during routine traffic stop on the city's southside last Sunday morning.  Jamestown Police say they stopped 28 year-old Ryan Bloom of Broadhead Avenue just before 10:30 AM for allegedly using a cell phone while driving.  During the investigation... officers say they found the loaded hypodermic needle... and, four baggies of heroin inside the car.  Bloom was arrested... and, charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment.

 

New York's Junior U-S Senator is upset that the head of the Central Intelligence Agency has admitted that the CIA did spy on certain members of the upper chamber.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand took agency director John Brennen to task over the revelation late last week, after Brennan had earlier denied it was taking place.  However... it was confirmed in a report by the CIA's Inspector General's office.  During a visit to the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club... she called the CIA's actions "egregious... and, outrageous...." Brennan earlier denied that the CIA had accessed computers of certain Senators... mainly on the Intelligence Committee... which had been investigating agency interrogation methods and use.   Gillibrand says... while her office was not targeted... she says the move undermines Congress's constitutional authority.  Some Senators... including Mark Udall of Colorado... have called for Brennan's resignation.  Gillibrand stopped short of calling for his resignation.

 

There were weather extremes on the final day of the 70th annual Gerry Rodeo last Saturday... as sunshine and ideal arena conditions greeted the fans and competitors for the 2 PM matinee... while a violent thunderstorm shortly before the evening competition turned the arena into a sea of mud.  However... Spokesman Paul Cooley says the differences did not prevent the fans from seeing some outstanding efforts with a number of the pro cowboys and cowgirls moving up in the standing in their events, particularly in the evening as they battled through the poor conditions to reward the 750 fans who braved the storm.  Cooley says the mud made it very difficult for the tie-down ropers and their ropes... but, the muddy arena seemed to agree with the team ropers as the fastest time of the week as well as both the first and second-place winners came from this performance.


In addition to the rodeo competition... the fans were entertained by the antics of rodeo clown Hollywood Harris, the outstanding job of directing the action in the arena by announcer Greg Simas.  Cooley adds that Head chef Bruce Gustafson reports that almost 3-thousand barbeque beef dinners were served... and total attendance was about 57-hundred.  The rodeo is the major source of revenue for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department as they answer 350 fire and rescue calls each year.

 

News Update for Mon., Aug. 4, 2014


Withers says treatment needs to be given as early as possible to confirmed opiate drug addicts...

Treatment was one of three key areas addresed during today's two follow-up forums to last March's County-wide Community Drug Forum.  Monday morning's forum was held at Jamestown Community College's Carnahan Center in Jamestown.  One of the presenters... Dr. Dave Withers... works with the Marworth Treatment Center in Virginia.  Treatment has come to the forefront in the area with last week's major drug sweep in Jamestown where 41 accused Heroin traffickers were arrested.  Officials believe there will be an increase in people seeking treatment.  Withers says addiction is a bigger problem among the pediatric and adolscent age groups because their brain's are still developing.  He says treating the problem by the time he gets them means you're dealing with those who are "terminally addicted."  Withers primarily works with adult addicts at the Marworth Center.  He showed the approximately 70 people on hand Monday morning a slide with two children... one that is "huffing" a substance... and, another is smoking some kind of drug.  Withers pointed to one who seems to be having a good time... and, is more likely to "take chances" for enjoyment despite the risks.  The second forum was at JCC's North County Training Center in Dunkirk.


City man arrested for heroin, hypodermic needle possession during traffic stop in Jamestown... 
A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly being in possession of Heroin... and, a loaded hypodermic needle during routine traffic stop on the city's southside Sunday morning.  Jamestown Police say they stopped 28 year-old Ryan Bloom of Broadhead Avenue just before 10:30 a.m. for allegedly using a cell phone while driving.  During the investigation... officers say they found the loaded hypodermic needle... and, four baggies of heroin inside the car.  Bloom was arrested... and, charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment.

 

Gerry Rodeo's final day runs weather spectrum...

Despite weather issues a couple of times... about 5,700 people attended last week's five performances of the 70th annual Gerry Rodeo.  That from Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley... who says about 750 people were on hand for the final show at 8 p.m. Saturday... following a severe thunderstorm.  Cooley says Saturday featured weather extremes... with sunshine and ideal arena conditions greeting the fans and competitors for the 2 p.m. matinee.  However... the storm hit shortly before the evening competition turned the arena into a sea of mud.  Cooley says the differences did not prevent the fans from seeing some outstanding efforts with a number of the pro cowboys and cowgirls moving up in the standings in their events.  He adds that Head chef Bruce Gustafson reported that almost 3,000 barbeque beef dinners were served.  The rodeo is a major fund-raiser for the Gerry Fire Department.

News Update for Sat., Aug. 2, 2014


Horrigan agrees recent Heroin arrests in Jamestown put added emphasis on upcoming drug forums...

This week's drug sweep that took 41 heroin dealers off the street in the Jamestown-area area is putting some added focus on next week's rescheduled Community Drug Forums in Jamestown and Dunkirk.  County Executive Vince Horrigan... and, Community Mental Hygiene Services Director Pat Brinkman say the two added forums are focused on stopping the epidemic of Opiate use and abuse in Chautauqua County.  These forums will focus on the same issues and topics featured in the initial Community Drug Forum from last March.  Horrigan says the arrests show how "significant this problem is."  He says that especially puts the spotlight on treatment, education and prevention.  The forums will be held next Monday, August 4th from 9 a.m. to Noon at Jamestown Community College's Carnahan Building in Jamestown.  The second will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at JCC's North County Training Center in Dunkirk.  For more information on the forums... call the county's Department of Mental Hygiene at 753-4104.


Alleged Pot Grower arrested in Randolph...

A Cattaraugus County man has been arrested for allegedly growing... and processing marijuana in his Randolph home.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say a recent investigation showed that 34 year-old Arthur Wright of Main Street was growing pot in his apartment.  Task Force members raided the apartment Thursday night... and, found several plants inside the dwelling... along with a small quantity of pot.  Arthur was arrested... and charged with unlawfully growing and possessing marijuana.  He was issued appearance tickets for Randolph Town Court.


Gillibrand in Jamestown Friday to tout new Summer Lunch Program for kids...

U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Jamestown during the lunch-hour yesterday to drive home her support of a measure that enhances summer meal programs for children.  Gillibrand was in Jamestown to voice her support for the bi-partisan 'Summer Meals Act.'  The New York Democrat is a co-sponsor of the bill... which is designed to improve nutrition and enhance learning for kids in underserved areas.  During an appearance at the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club... Gillibrand says the measure will make the program more accessible to more children.  She says the legislation would allow places like the club could apply to get more lunches to serve.  Gillibrand says the current program is in place for communities where 50-percent of the households meet eligibility guidelines.  However... she says this measure will reduce that number to 40-percent.  While some 9,000 children in Chautauqua County are eligible for the 'School Lunch Program...' she says only 756 were able to access Summer meals last year.

News Headlines for Fri., Aug. 1, 2014


Ripley girl being treated at Pittsburgh-area hospital following serious ATV accident...

A 10 year-old girl suffered serious injuries when the All-Terrain Vehicle she was riding in the town of Ripley crashed.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Wattlesburg Road about 3:20 p.m. yesterday.  Deputies say their investigation revealed that the girl was operating the ATV when... for an unknown reason... the vehicle overturned in the roadway.  Officers say the 10 year-old girl was thrown from the ATV.  She was treated at the scene by Ripley Fire Rescue crews... and, was flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for further treatment.  The investigation is continuing.


JPD Tip-line tips lead to year-long investigation -- "Operation Horseback" -- into major Heroin sales in Jamestown and surrounding area...

Calls to the Jamestown Police Department's Tip-line triggered the year-long investigation into a Heroin trafficking ring busted Wednesday by some 120 police officers across the region.  Five agencies were involved in the lengthy investigation -- dubbed "Operation Horseback."  It led to charges against 47 people from the region -- mainly Jamestown.  Officials say many of these people actually moved here from three major northeastern U-S cities... New York City... Philadelphia... and, Buffalo.  They allegedly kept ties to family and friends... and, brought their drug dealing with them.  Jamestown Police Lieutenant Paul Abbott heads up their investigative unit... and, says there was no real ringleader.  Abbott says they discovered a lot of "different pipelines" bringing the opiate drug into the city.  However... Deputy State Attorney General Peri Cadanoff says one person... Carlos Encarnacion... was charged with a Class-A-2 Felony... the most serious charge of all those lodged in a 159-count indictment handed up in state Supreme Court.  Most of the suspects were arraigned in Chautauqua County Court... and, jailed without bail pending further court action.


Cuomo looking to speed up implementation of Medical Marijuana program for children's with Epilepsy...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more quickly.  Right now... it's expected to take 18 months for the state to get the medical marijuana program up and running.  Many parents of children with epilepsy had said that is too long to wait.  Cuomo Wednesday wrote to the state's health commissioner asking if the process can be accelerated.  Earlier this month... New York became the 23rd state to authorize medical marijuana for patients with diseases including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy.  Parents of children with epilepsy were among the staunchest supporters for the new law, saying medical marijuana has shown promise in helping children with the condition.


Mains to hold public hearing on two, new education based programs to be housed in former Rogers School...

Two more uses are being considered for the former Rogers Elementary School in Jamestown... and, school officials have set a public hearing on those proposed uses next week.  Superintendent Tim Mains says the hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday -- prior to the regular school board meeting -- at the School Administrative offices on Martin Road.  Mains says the hearing is not required under the district's Environmental Quality Review... but, he wants to hear what the public has to say first.  Up to this point... he says the former school has been used mainly for long-term storage.  It's also been used for Jamestown Police school-incident drills.  Mains says the two uses they're looking at include housing the Jamestown Community Learning Council... which needs to move out of Lincoln School while it's renovated.  The other is for their expanded professional development program.  Mains knows there was a lot of controversy over the closing of the school... and, he wants to be "transparent" about what they're proposing to do.  Again... the public hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday before the regularly scheduled school board meeting.


NY Corruption Commission controversy continues to dog Cuomo...

Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to move past allegations that his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission... but, questions about his office's involvement aren't going away.  The Democrat governor traveled to Long Island to discuss help for homeowners rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.  But... he ended up fielding questions about the political storm regarding his top aide Larry Schwartz's efforts to stop the corruption commission from issuing subpoenas to groups linked to the governor.  Cuomo says Schwartz only offered suggestions... and, says the commission's decision to ignore those suggestions shows his office didn't interfere.  He again pointed to a statement from one of the commission's leaders saying there was no interference from the Cuomo administration.


Two bidders - including Trump - move onto next round of bidding...

Billionaire Donald Trump's attorney has confirmed the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the Buffalo Bills.  A person close to the process confirmed Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula also have been selected by Morgan Stanley, a firm overseeing the sale for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.  The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale process is supposed to be private.  The selections were made Thursday, two days after prospective groups submitted non-binding bids.

 

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