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Local News Headlines Archives for 2014-09

News Update for Mon., Sept. 15, 2014


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

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


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

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


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

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

 

WJTN News Headlines


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

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


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

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


City man arrested for criminal drug possession...

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


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

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

 

 

News Update for Fri., Sept. 12, 2014


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

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


City man arrested for criminal drug possession...

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


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

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

 

 

WJTN News Headlines


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

WJTN News Headlines


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WJTN News Headlines


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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

News Update for Tues., Sept 9, 2014


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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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The man wanted by Jamestown police for allegedly shooting another man on the city's eastside last Tuesday night ... and, his accomplice in a burglary in Lakewood... have been caught in Tennessee.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says both 20 year-old Trenton Grant and 20 year-old Isaiah Pearson... were located in Jackson, Tennessee... and, tailed by a Violent Fugitive Task Force team... which arrested them last night.  The team is made up of ATF members... and, officials from the U-S Marshall's Office.  Samuelson says both men were taken into custody without incident.  Grant is accused of firing four shots at another man at the Appleyard Terrace housing complex on East Second Street about 7:30 PM last Tuesday.  The victim was hit by two shots, and was in stable condition at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.  He says they are jailed... pending extradiction... in the Madison County Jail.   Samuelson says they know both men were assisted in getting out of state, and were given money to get to Jackson... where Grant has family.  He says anyone with information on who provided the help to Grant and Pearson is urged to call city Police at 483-7537... or call their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

A call to restrain a person who was allegedly out-of-control in Jamestown led to family members and a house guest attacking the responding officer.  City police were called to the scene on Prather Avenue just before 5 PM Saturday.  Other city police officers... and, those from neighboring agencies responded to the officer's call for assistance.  Police arrested 62 year-old James Witcher of the Prather Avenue address... and, he was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Two people in the house were taken to WCA Hospital... as well as the officer.  All were treated for minor injuries.  City police say the investigation is continuing... and, more arrests are expected.

 

The two homeless men accused of murdering a New York City violinist who played with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will be formally arraigned on federal charges tomorrow.  That from U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior... who says they were indicted by a Grand Jury in Buffalo last Friday.  Hochul says both 43 year-old Jonathan Conklin... and, 30 year-old Charles Sanford are formally charged with three counts... including carjacking... use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence... and, Felon possession of a firearm.  He says the charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.  Conklin and Lynch are accused of robbing 61 year-old Mary Whitaker inside her town of Westfield home on August 20th... and, then shooting and killing her.

 

Reconstruction work on a rough stretch of Route 60 from just south of Route 20 to village of Cassadaga gets underway today.  That's the word from State Department of Transportation officials in Buffalo.  DOT Spokeswoman Susan Surdej (Sir-Day) tells us that crews will begin to mill the roadway first. Surdej says paving will begin on this coming Friday, September 12th and take another six working days to complete.  The entire project should be completed by mid-to-late September.  We have been covering problems dealing with the five mile section of highway since last December.

 

Fall Clean-Up in the city of Jamestown gets underway today... with clean-up items to be left by residents at curbside the day before your regular garbage pick-up.  That from Board of Public Utilities' Spokeswoman Becky Robbins... who says there are several items that can be left out.  However... she says these items cannot weigh over 40-pounds... and, should be something one person can easily handle. For large items... such as mattresses... and refrigerators... Robbins says you must make an appointment to have those picked up by calling their garbage hotline.  She adds that's also the case for large or heavy, electronic items... such as televisions, and computer monitors.  Robbins says they also need an appointment... and, a separate fee is charged.  She adds yard waste will NOT be accepted during Fall Clean-up Week.  Those items must be taken to the city's Yard Waste Disposal Site.  Clean-up Week runs through this Friday, September 12th.  For more information... call the Garbage Hot-line at 661-1651.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul have released a list of dozens of endorsements from prominent Democrats ahead of Tuesday's primary.  The list features more than 70 endorsements, including ones from the mayors of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, several members of Congress, and municipal leaders from each region of the state.  The campaign also announced that Hillary Clinton is backing Cuomo and Hochul with a recorded telephone message to Democratic voters.  Cuomo faces Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout in Tuesday's matchup.  Hochul, a former Buffalo congresswoman, faces Columbia University law professor Tim Wu in the primary for lieutenant governor.  The endorsements show how seriously Cuomo's campaign is taking the primary challenge... despite polls that suggest Teachout is not well known around the state.

 

Officials, business leaders and friends are calling the presumed death of a prominent Rochester couple a huge loss for the city.  The couple's private plane crashed near Jamaica last Friday.  Real estate developer Laurence Glazer has been credited with helping revitalize Rochester.  His wife, Jane, founded a household-products catalog company.  As a search for the plane continued yesterday, friend and former business partner Harold Samoff said Laurence Glazer made an ``incalculable'' contribution to renewing interest in downtown Rochester.

News Update for Sun., Sept. 6, 2014


**(Alert)Man sought in Jamestown shooting, accomplice in burglary, arrested in Tennessee...

 

The man wanted by Jamestown police for allegedly shooting another man on the city's eastside last Tuesday night ... and, his accomplice in a burglary in Lakewood... have been caught in Tennessee.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says both 20 year-old Trenton Grant, and 20 year-old Isaiah Pearson... were located in Jackson, Tennessee... and, tailed by a Violent Fugitive Task Force team... which arrested them last night.  The team is made up of ATF members... and, officials from the U-S Marshall's Office.  Samuelson says both men were taken into custody without incident.  Grant is accused of shooting another man twice at the Appleyard Terrace housing complex on East Second Street about 7:30 p.m. last Tuesday.  The victim was last known in stable condition at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.  He says they are jailed... pending extradiction... in the Madison County Jail.   Samuelson says they know both men were assisted in getting out of state, and were given money to get to Jackson... where Grant has family.  He says anyone with information on who provided the help to Grant and Pearson is urged to call city Police at 483-7537... or call their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

  

News Update for Fri., Sept. 5, 2014


Conklin and Sanford indicted by federal Grand Jury in Whitaker murder...

The two homeless men accused of murdering a violinist from New York City who played with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra... have now been indicted by a federal Grand Jury.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior announced late Friday that the panel indicted 43 year-old Jonathan Conklin... and, 30 year-old Charles Sanford on three charges.  Hochul says they include carjacking... use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence... and, Felon possession of a firearm.  He says the charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison... and, a maximum sentence of life.  Hochul says the federal case is being handled by Assistant U-S Attorney Timothy Lynch.  Conklin and Lynch are accused of robbing 61 year-old Mary Whitaker inside her town of Westfield home on Aug. 20, and, they allegedly shot and killed her soon after Whitaker answered the door at her home.  Both men remain jailed... and, will be arraigned next Tuesday, Sept. 9.


Community Education Program set for next Thurs. on Heroin, Opiate Drug Addiction problem in Jamestown-area...

A timely community education program on the struggles of drug addiction... from law enforcement to it's impact on families... will be held next Thursday night in Jamestown.  The program, entitled "Striking Back at the White Plague..." will feature three speakers on the issue of Heroin, and other opiate drugs.  Dr. Lillian Ney... who heads up the Health Care Action Team for the city's Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission... says the program is timely because of the seven drug sweeps in the city this past week.  Ney says the free program will be held at the Robert Lee Scharmann Theatre at Jamestown Community College next Thursday night at 7 p.m.  She says they'll have three speakers on hand who will talk about the underlying causes, and scope of the problem.  Ney says the speakers will include Dr. David Withers of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  He formerly chaired the Emergency Department at WCA Hospital.  Withers will talk mainly about addiction, and treatment issues.  Dr. Karen McElrath... a Jamestown native who is a professor in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina... will speak to those areas as well.  The third speaker will be Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings... who has been at the forefront of the war against drug trafficking in the city.  Several community organizations... including the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County... are sponsoring next Thursday's program.


Deed Scam returns to Chautauqua County...

An old scam has apparently resurfaced in Chautauqua County regarding people being billed for copies of the deed to their property.  That from County Clerk Larry Barmore... who says he's received calls about the invoices several residents have received.  Barmore says the most recent letters are coming from a company called Record Transfer Services out of Westlake Village, California.  He says the fee to obtain a copy of their deed from this company is $83.  But... Barmore adds that other companies have also sent similar letters charging various fees from $59 and up.  He says "in most cases, property owners already have their deed.  It was returned to them after they purchased the property."  If you do need a copy... Barmore says you can get a certified copy from their office for about $2.  He adds that, under no circumstances, "should anyone pay these companies anywhere from $50 to $90 for a copy."  For complete more information on getting a copy... call the County Clerk's Office at 753-4331.
 
 
 

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Five people are under arrest... and, a sixth is being caught after four more drug raids in Jamestown yesterday morning on East Second Street.  That from Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says officers, the JPD SWAT Team... and, members of the State Police C-NET team executed a search warrant about 10 AM at one apartment at 840 East Second... and, three others at apartments at 1091 East Second.  Samuelson says they found more than 36 bundles of Heroin and cash at 1091 East Second.  Fortunately... he says no weapons were found.
Samuelson says four people were arrested at the 1091 East Second Street location for criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, two with burglary.  They include 51 year-old Jose Diaz-Solis... 37 year-old Cesar Santiago... 31 year-old Hiram Donato... and, 30 year-old LizMarie Rodriguez.  At 840 East Second... Samuelson says they arrested 20 year-old Valerie Comacho... was allegedly in the house with two young children, and a quantity of marijuana.  He says the five people were arrested in all... with most of them at the 1091 East Second Street location.  Samuelson says she faces child endangement charges.  Samuelson cited tips to the JPD Tip-line as being critical to the investigation.  That tip-line number is 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

Two sisters from southern Chautauqua County convicted of stealing money from the post offices they worked at have each been given two-years probation in federal court.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior announced Thursday that 35 year-old Amanda Elliott of Ellington... and, 30 year-old Tamara Elliott of Falconer were sentenced by Chief U-S District Court Judge William Skretny.  Hochul says Amanda Elliott was Postmaster in Lily Dale from December of 2012 to September of 2013.  She was sentenced to two years probation... and, ordered to pay back about 55-hundred-80 dollars she stole in restitution.  Meantime... her sister, Tamara, received the same amount of probation... but, also received three months home confinement... and, was ordered to pay 11-thousand-326-dollars in restitution.  That's the amount she allegedly stole while she was postmaster in Ellington.  The theft of postage stamp proceeds occured during the same time period as her sister.

 

Officials say a police officer has died in a shooting in Rochester and a suspect has been apprehended.  Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says 32 year-old Daryl Pierson was shot just before 9:30 Wednesday night when gunfire was exchanged during a pursuit.  Ciminelli says Pierson is survived by his wife and two young children.  He was an eight-year veteran of the force and the first member of the city's police force to be killed in the line of duty since 1959.  Ciminelli said the suspect was in surgery at a local hospital.  A bystander also suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Mayor Lovely A. Warren said early Thursday that words cannot express the sense of sorrow and loss caused by the officer's death.  She said the city's police officers put their lives on the line each day.

 

The police shooting in Rochester hits close to home for many local police officials... including Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace.  While such incidents are rare in Chautauqua County... Gerace says the potential is always there. The last police shooting in Chautauqua County occurred nearly 10  years ago when an officer was wounded in the village of Fredonia.  That officer... who later retired... made a full recovery.  Gerace says training helps... but, he adds that officers have to always protect themselves. While details have not been worked out... Gerace expects a big turnout for the officers funeral.  On their Facebook page... Dunkirk Police expressed their sympathy and condolences for the family of the fallen Rochester Police officer. 

 

An accidental needle stick involving a Solid Waste Division employee a couple of weeks ago has prompted the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to remind residents to dispose of "sharps" safely.  BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says the employee was not seriously hurt... nor did they have any serious health impacts after getting stuck by the needle while picking up garbage.  Robbins says Sharps can be disposed of in puncture resistant... leak-proof materials. Robbins adds that some pharmacies offer red sharps containers for sale... and, they also accept sharps containers.  She adds that containers should allow sharps to be easily placed inside... but, difficult to remove.  The container should be capped... and, labeled as "hazardous materials."  Robbins says that will help their workers since they're picking up hundreds of bags a day... and, many may contain sharps.  She says sharps include needles... syringes with needles attached... lancets... razor blades... and, other items that could cause punctures... cuts... or abrasions.

 

Gas prices in the Jamestown-area continue to drift downward this week by about three cents a gallon to 3-dollars-72 cents.  The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report says this week they surveyed 19 area gas stations, and mini-mart stations.  The Fuel Gauge says the price for regular, unleaded was just under 3-dollars-72 cents... which is down from 3--75.2 last week.   Last year at this time... it was 3-dollars-84.7 cents per gallon.  Nationally... Triple-A says the average price is the lowest on record for this date since 2010... when the national average was 2-dollars-68 cents.  The current price is 21 cents less than the same date in 2011... and, 40 cents less than 2012. 

 

 


 

News Update! for Thurs., Sept. 4, 2014


(**Update)Four search warrants served on East Second Street, nearly 400 "doses" of Heroin found...

Five people are under arrest... and, a sixth is being caught after four more drug raids in Jamestown Thursday morning on East Second Street.  That from Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says officers, the JPD SWAT Team... and, members of the State Police C-NET team executed a search warrant about 10 a.m. at one apartment at 840 East Second... and, three others at apartments at 1091 East Second.  Samuelson says they found more than 36 bundles of Heroin and cash at 1091 East Second.  He says that location was one of the busiest locations we've seen, as far the business they were doing... regarding heroin."  Samuelson says four people were arrested at the 1091 East Second Street location for criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, two with burglary.  They include 51 year-old Jose Diaz-Solis... 37 year-old Cesar Santiago... 31 year-old Hiram Donato... and, 30 year-old LizMarie Rodriguez.  At 840 East Second... Samuelson says they arrested 20 year-old Valerie Comacho... was allegedly in the house with two young children, and a quantity of marijuana.  He says the five people were arrested in all... with most of them at the 1091 East Second Street location.  Samuelson says she faces child endangement charges.  Samuelson cited tips to the JPD Tip-line as being critical to the investigation.  That tip-line number is 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

News Update for Thurs., Sept. 4, 2014


Four more police raids on suspected residences in Jamestown used for trafficking Heroin...

As many as four more drug raids have taken place in Jamestown.  City Police officials confirm JPD officers and members of the State Police C-NET team executed a search warrant this morning at one apartment at 840 East Second Street... and, three others at apartments at 1091 East Second.  Authorities say they were looking for Heroin and heroin traffickers.  The raids come one day after three raids on Franklin Street.  There's no word yet on arrests... or possible drugs being found at this time.  We'll have more when it becomes available.


Gas prices down again this week in Chautauqua County...

Gas prices in the Jamestown-area continue to drift downward this week by about three cents a gallon to $3.72.  The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says this week they surveyed 19 area gas stations, and mini-mart stations.  The Fuel Gauge says the price for regular, unleaded was $3.71.9... which is down from $3.75.2 last week.   Last year at this time... it was $3.84.7 per gallon.  Nationally... AAA says the average price is the lowest on record for this date since 2010... when the national average was $2.68.  The current price is 21 cents less than the same date in 2011... and, 40 cents less than 2012. 

 

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Four people have been arrested as part of three separate raids that took place early Wednesday morning in the city of Jamestown at suspected drug houses.  City Police Drug Investigators... and, members of the State Police C-NET Team... executed search warrants at 52... 58... and, 61 Franklin Street about 6 AM... and, took the four into custody.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says they seized about 260 processed doses of Heroin... and, a loaded shotgun. Samuelson says the heroin was found a 52 and 58 Franklin Streets.... along with a large amount of cash.  One of the suspects... 62 year-old Raul Rodriguez-Colon... and, the sawed-off shot-gun were found at 61 Franklin.  He says it's "a victory" when they can get a gun off the street.  Three of the people... 37 year-old Jose Sanquiche (San-keysh)... 30 year-old Juan Vargas-Lopez... and, 26 year-old Stephanie Castro... were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Rodriguez-Colon was charged with criminal possession of a firearm.  All four were arraigned late yesterday in City Court... and, sent to the county jail.  Anyone with information on illegal drug activity in the city can call JPD at 483-7537... or their Tip-Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

A man who was shot twice by another man behind the Appleyard Terrace in Jamestown early Tuesday night is now in stable condition at an Erie hospital.  That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says officers were called to the scene at 608 East Second Street just before 7:30 PM.  Samuelson says they found the unidentified victim... and, learned the suspect -- now been identified as 20 year-old Trenton Grant -- had fired four shots in an open area behind the housing units there. Samuelson says Grant is a black male... about 5-foot-8 inches tall... and, weighing 170 pounds.  He adds that Grant is also wanted by Lakewood-Busti Police in connection with the theft of the hand-gun used in the shooting, a safe, lap-top computer and jewelry from a Lakewood home last Thursday.  Samuelson says another Jamestown man... 20 year-old Isaiah Pearson... is also wanted in connection with the theft in Lakewood.  Samuelson says the victim underwent emergency surgery at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania... and, is stable with non-life threatening wounds.  Samuelson says the motive for the shooting is not known...but, adds there was allegedly some kind of confrontation that led to it.  If you have any information... you're asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537... or the anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

A Warren, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting a woman for 27 years.  State Police in Warren say they arrested 66 year-old William Gisselbrecht-the-third yesterday following an investigation on his relationship with the unidentified woman from 1976 to 2003.  Troopers say Gisselbrecht was arrested on a warrant at his home... and, arraigned in District Court on multiple counts including rape and aggravated indecent assault.  He was sent to the Warren County Jail on 200-thousand dollars bail.

 

There's still one public school system that has yet to begin the new school year in Chautauqua County... and, that's in Bemus Point... where classes begin today.  That from Superintendent Mike Mansfield... who says they're ready for a full-day for ALL students... including their new full-day Pre-K.  Mansfield says they decided to delay starting school for a day compared to other districts in recent years so staff can better prepare to meet the new state standards for teaching, and testing. Mansfield says there's one project they're finishing up at Bemus Point Elementary School... and, that's installation of a new roof.  He says the rainy weather this Summer delayed some of that work.  But... Mansfield says the most intrusive work is done.  The Elementary School held it's open house last night.  Mansfield adds their next capital project remains in the "planning phase" at this point.

 

The Jamestown Public Works Department will be doing paving work the next two weeks on portions of West Second and West Third Streets -- beginning tomorrow (today).  DPW Director Jeff Lehman says the work on both Second and Third Streets will be done from Washington Street to Main Street.  Lehman says there will be driving lane restrictions... parking restrictions... and, temporary road closures in these project areas will begin tomorrow (Thursday) through Friday, September 19th.  He says motorists should expect delays when travelling through this project area... and, should use alternate routes of travel.  As always, you should use extra caution while driving through this, and other, construction areas.

 

Former Buffalo-area Congresswoman Kathy Hochul's (HOE-kuhl's) bid to become New York's next lieutenant governor has been endorsed by New York City's mayor as she pushes back against a Democratic Primary challenger who has questioned her liberal credentials.  Mayor Bill de Blasio called Hochul a progressive who stood up for her beliefs in Congress.  De Blasio announced his endorsement yesterday at a City Hall appearance where Hochul vowed to support liberal priorities... like a higher minimum wage, and the Dream Act for young immigrants.

 

Several people close to discussions tell The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that at least three groups have entered final negotiations to buy the Buffalo Bills.  Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula... real estate mogul Donald Trump... and, a Toronto-based group that had included rocker Jon Bon Jovi have received formal documents in advance of a bid deadline on Monday.

 

One of the Buffalo Zoo's young polar bears, Luna, is recovering after surgery to repair a broken leg.  Luna fell about 14-feet into a protective moat on Saturday.  On Tuesday... zoo officials said that X-rays revealed she fractured her tibia and fibula above the ankle joint on her left rear leg.  The 1-year-old underwent surgery to repair the fracture on Sunday.

News Update for Wed., Sept. 3, 2014


(**New)Four arrested during separate Heroin busts in Jamestown this morning...

Four people have been arrested as part of three separate raids early this morning in the city of Jamestown at suspected drug houses.  City Police drug investigators... and, members of the State Police C-NET Team... executed search warrants at 52 Franklin St., 58 Franklin St., and, 61 Franklin St. about 6 a.m., and, took the four into custody... and, seized about 260 doses of Heroin, a sawed-off shotgun... and, a large amount of cash.  Three of the people... 37 year-old Jose Sanquiche... 30 year-old Juan Vargas-Lopez... and, 26 year-old Stephanie Castro... were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  The fourth person... 62 year-old Raul Rodriguez-Colon... was found with a sawed-off shotgun at 61 Franklin Street.  All four were taken to the city jail where they're awaiting arraignment.  Anyone with information on narcotics related sales can call City Police at 483-7537... or their Tip-Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Alleged shooter identified in Appleyard Terrace shooting...

Jamestown police have now identified a man allegedly involved in a burglary last week in Lakewood as the man who is accused of shooting another city man last night.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says 20 year-old Trenton Grant allegedly shot the unidentified victim twice behind the Appleyard Terrace housing units.  The victim is now in stable condition at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.  In addition to Grant... police are looking for another Jamestown man... 20 year-old Isaiah Pearson... who is also wanted in connection with the theft in Lakewood.  Among the items taken in Lakewood was a hand-gun.  Samuelson says the victim underwent emergency surgery at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania early yesterday morning.  He says the man's wounds are considered non-life threatening.  If you have any information on the incident... you are asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537... or the anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. 

 

News Update for Wed., Sept. 3, 2014


(**Update)City man shot twice Tuesday night, now in stable condition at Erie, PA hospital...

A man who was shot twice by another man behind the Appleyard Terrace in Jamestown early last night is now in stable condition.  That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says officers were called to the scene at 608 East Second Street just before 7:30 p.m.  Samuelson says they found the unidentified victim... and, learned the suspect had fired four shots in an open area behind the housing units there.  He says the shooter fled... and, dropped the gun... which was recovered by police.  They know who he is... and, are looking for him.  Samuelson says they know who the shooter is... and, says they will get out a description, name and photo later in the day if they need additional public help.  Samuelson says the victim underwent emergency surgery at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA early this morning.  He says the man is in stable condition with non-life threatening wounds.  Samuelson says the motive for the shooting is not known...but, adds there was allegedly some kind of confrontation that led to it.  If you have any information on the incident... you are asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537... or the anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

 

 

WJTN News Headlines


One person was shot twice behind Appleyard Terrace in Jamestown Tuesday evening.  Jamestown Police report the shooting happened just before 7:30pm.  Four shots were fired at a male victim as he walked in an open area behind the housing units in the block of 600 East 2nd Street.  At last word the victim was in surgery at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.  Investigators have recovered the pistol near the scene of the incident and are working to locate the suspect.  Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or the anonymous tip line 483-8477. 

 

A "street-level" Heroin dealer in Jamestown has been arrested for allegedly trafficking the narcotic in the area in recent weeks... and, was found with about 125 doses of the illegal drug.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they raided the Terrace Place apartment of 26 year-old William Rogers just before 7:30 yesterday morning... and, found the suspect... along with more than 12 bundles of heroin, and a large amount of cash, scales and other drug paraphernalia... and, a quantity of marijuana.  Sheriff Joe Gerace calls it a "good bust..." Gerace credited Lieutenant Dave Bentley and the task force for their good work.  They say Rogers was arrested without incident... and, arraigned on the initial charges of third-degree criminal sale... and, possession of a controlled substance.  Agents say he faces several additional counts of those charges... and, others.  Task Force members add they also obtained additional information... and, the investigation is continuing.  Rogers is jailed without bail.  Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Task Force Hotline at 1-800-344-8702. 

 

All 18 school districts in Chautauqua County will be open today... and, Sheriff Joe Gerace says his department and others will be out making sure the roads are safe for school buses and students.  Gerace says it's important for drivers to be aware that school is starting... and, that they should be on the look-out for children walking to school... and, getting on and off of buses. Gerace adds that younger kids will also tend to be "excited" for the first day of class... and, may dart in and out of traffic.  He also warns motorists that they need to stop for a school bus when the red flashing lights come on.  He adds that's even on a four-lane highway.  Gerace says the penalties for passing a stopped bus that's picking up or letting off students were increased just a few years ago.  He adds that most school zones have a 20-MPH speed limit... and, police will be enforcing that. Most students are walkers in Jamestown... so motorists are urged to watch for them -- especially children that may dart out between parked vehicles.  City Police Captain Todd Issacson also reminds drivers of the 20 MPH Speed Limit in school zones... he adds students should never talk to strangers or accept rides from strangers... and, use sidewalks.  Issacson adds that students should also know their phone number and address, as well as how to dial 9-1-1.

 

School begins in most all Chautauqua County schools today... but, it won't be a full-day in the Jamestown public schools.  That from School Superintendent Tim Mains... who says teachers and staff have had a busy summer preparing to teach the next phase of Common Core standards in the district.  Mains says there was a full-day of staff development Tuesday... and, adds there'll be more today -- once classes conclude for the day. Mains says a lot of teachers and others attended "staff development" programming over the Summer... which they felt was beneficial.  He adds a lot of construction and renovation work on some of the schools is wrapping up today.  Mains says that includes work at Ring Elementary School on a new entrance off the parking lot... and, a new bus entrance.  He adds Lincoln also has a new suite of modular classrooms for fourth and fifth-graders.  Mains says there is NO changes in the start times for the district's elementary... middle and high schools this year.

 

We are ready."  That from Southwestern Central School Superintendent Maureen Donahue about the start of the 2014-2015 School year today.  Donahue says start times for the elementary, middle and high schools are the same as they were last year.  She adds teachers and staff have been working hard to get the schools... and, classrooms ready for today. While it's considered a full-day for all students at Southwestern... Donahue says it'll be a slightly shortened day for the elementary school as they adjust to their schedule.  She says enrollment numbers are up slightly in the district -- especially at the Elementary level.  However... she says those will fluctuate.  Donahue adds Southwestern has a new website.  It's on-line at swcs-dot-wnyric-dot-ORG.

    

The contribution rates paid by state and local governments for New York's pension fund will go down as the retirement system continues to rebound from the 2008 downturn.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the average rate will decrease from 20.1-percent of salary for most public workers to 18.2 percent.  For local police and firefighters... the employer rate will drop from 27.6-percent of payroll to 24.7-percent.

News Update for Tues., Sept. 2, 2014


City man arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin in Jamestown-area...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin in the city in recent weeks... and, being found with over 12 bundles of the illegal drug.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they raided the Terrace Place apartment of 26 year-old William Rogers just before 7:30 this morning... and, found the suspect... along with heroin -- totaling about 125 doses -- and, a large amount of cash, scales and other drug paraphernalia... and, a quantity of marijuana.  Task Force members say Rogers was arrested without incident... and, arraigned on the initial charges of third-degree criminal sale... and, possession of a controlled substance.  Agents say he faces several additional counts of those charges... and, others.  Task Force members add they also obtained additional information... and, the investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information on illegal narcotics activity in their community is asked to call the Task Force Hotline at 1-800-344-8702. 

 

Reed to file legislation to renew SRO program for five-years...

There is an effort afoot to renew the School Resource Officer program in the federal Community-Oriented Police program for another five-years.  On this day before classes begin in most schools districts across the region... Local Congressman Tom Reed says he'll be filing a renewal of the COPS program that includes the SRO component.  Reed says he spoke with several school superintendents, teachers, parents and others in recent months... and, says they were pretty much unanimous that it's a program that needs to be renewed.  Reed says the overall COPS Program totals about $1-billion... while the School Resource Officer program would total about $30-million.  He believes the votes are there... on both sides of the political aisle... to fund the program.

WJTN News Headlines


The skys brightened... and, the threat of rain burned off by early afternoon... and, Jamestown's 35th annual Labor Day Festival was in full-swing. The local rock group "The Bogarts" were among the bands entertaining at the yearly event... which was delayed by a day due to heavy rains on Sunday.  Partly sunny skys and 80-degree temperatures greated festival-goers... and, others celebrating labor's contribution to the American landscape.  During the afternoon's George Ritzer Labor Award presentation... Jamestown-Area Central Labor Council President Dave Wilkinson says Labor Day remains a big part of strengthening the community. Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi also took the opportunity to thank the city's 460 member work force... including the police and fire departments... and, Board of Public Utilities.  He also put out a special thanks to the city's Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department for it's efforts to get Bergman Park ready for the festival... and, the work employees do at all the parks across the city.  Yesterday's festival was capped off by a huge fireworks display before several-thousand on-lookers.

 

The presentation of the annual George Ritzer Labor Award yesterday was an historic one.  The award is given annually to a member of local labor who goes above and beyond the call of duty for not just their union... but, the community as well.  Central Labor Council President Dave Wilkinson says Valerie Hagglund is only the second woman to receive the award... which has been presented yearly since 1984. Wilkinson says Hagglund has been a member of Association of Jamestown Paraprofessionals of NYSUT Local-04-217 for 18 years... 16 of those as president of the NYSUT Local.  She recalled the help she received early on as an officer with the organization from mentor Steve Maggio... who told her that if she was going to stick with it... she would need a "fire in her belly."  Hagglund... who is union co-president this year... was nominated by the Labor Council committee's George Spitale. She's been very involved in the schools her children attended in Jamestown as an officer in the PTA and PTO groups... raised money for the local March of Dimes, and has been very involved with her local church.

 

A new study released on Labor Day suggests the number of working-age New Yorkers who identified themselves as union members rose in the last 18 months.  The study was conducted by two professors at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  They found that nearly one in four working New Yorkers belonged to labor unions.  The New York Times says that compared to slightly more than one in five at the start of 2013.  They say the rebound was mainly caused by a surge in construction and hotel industry hiring.

 

Jamestown's 'Mr. Baseball'... Russ Diethrick... said he wasn't sure he could look back as he left the stadium yesterday.  The ballpark that bears his name saw it's last professional baseball games Monday, as the Jamestown Jammers split a doubleheader.  The team is moving to Morgantown, West Virginia next summer.  A large crowd was on hand, buying up all the Jammer's merchandise they could find.  The team's General Manager, Matt Drayer, thanked all the fans, and said he was a heartbroken as they are over the loss of the team.  Influencial members of the baseball community continue to express optimism that some kind of 'new league' would come to Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park next year. 

 

A city man has been arrested for allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at an apartment in downtown Jamestown early last weekend.  City police were called to the scene at 607 Pine Street about 7:30 AM Saturday.  Officers spoke with the victim when they arrived... and, they later found 40 year-old Alberto Santiago on Prendergast Avenue later in the morning.  Police say Santiago was arrested without incident.  Officers say he faces several charges... including third-degree assault... and, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and strangulation.  He's being held pending arraignment. 

 


The case against two homeless men accused of killing a New York City concert violinist in the Town of Westfield nearly two weeks ago will likely go next to a federal Grand Jury.  That from U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior following a detention hearing late last week for 43 year-old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year-old Charles Sanford.  Both men allegedly lured 61 year-old Mary Whitaker to her front door the morning of August 20th on the ruse their car had broken down.  Hochul says Whitaker was then allegedly shot and stabbed by the pair. Hochul says an Assistant U-S Prosecutor laid out some of the details about how Whitaker was killed during a robbery at her summer home on Titus Road.  He says the "ruse" began with knocks at her door early in the morning of August 20th.  An autopsy determined she died of a gun-shot wound to the chest.  Conklin and Sanford have pleaded not guilty to the federal charges... which include stealing property and taking it across state lines... and, carjacking during commission of a murder.

News Update for Mon., Sept. 1, 2014


Study says number of workers identifying themselves as members of unions are up over past year-and-a-half...

A new study suggests the number of working-age New Yorkers who identified themselves as members of labor unions rose in the last 18 months.  The study was conducted by two professors at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  They found that nearly one in four working New Yorkers belonged to labor unions.  The New York Times says that compared to slightly more than one in five at the start of 2013.  The primary cause for the rebound appeared to be a surge in construction and hotel industry hiring -- not the campaigns for better pay and benefits by fast-food workers and other low-earners.


Labor Day Festival rescheduled for today until 9 p.m....

Sunday's rains and standing water forced Jamestown city officials to call off the annual Labor Festival to today... when better weather conditions are forecast.  The only event that took place yesterday was the annual Dan Feather 5-K Run-walk... which took place at 9:30 a.m.  City Parks and Recreation Director Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the music gets underway on the Main Stage at Noon... and, the second stage at 12:30 p.m.  The first group there will be "Teachers, Preachers and Trent."  Ciesla-Hanley says a new group will perform there at 3 p.m., "The New Tenants."  They're a group involved with the Infinity program.  Cindy Love is the final performer on the second stage.  The final group to take the Main Stage will be "Two for Flinching" which will play until the fireworks show just after 8:30 p.m.  Ciesla-Hanley says they'll also have other -- "family-friendly" -- events going on... including Kids Games from 2 to 6 p.m.  She adds they'll also have Bingo, a Magic Show, and Karoke.  Ciesla-Hanley says 13 organizations and civic groups will be selling for and refreshments... including the Jamestown and Falconer High School Marching Bands.


Hagglund to get Ritzer Labor Award...

One of the high-lights during the day at the annual Labor Day Festival is presentation of the George Ritzer Labor Award.  The award is given annually to a member of local labor who goes above and beyond the call of duty for not just their union... but, the community as well.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the award has been given out since the mid-1980s by the Jamestown Central Labor Council.  This year's Ritzer Award is being presented to Valerie Hagglund of the Association of Jamestown Paraprofessionals of NYSUT Local-04-217.


Two arrested in Ellery drug bust after traffic stop...

Two men were arrested early this weekend for allegedly being in possession of Heroin... and, a large amount of money when their car was pulled over in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's Deputies say they stopped the vehicle... driven by 27 year-old Dennis Syper of Mayville... about 10:30 p.m. last Friday night for failure to keep right.  Officers say they spotted a number of envelopes containing heroin inside the car.  Deputies brought in K-9 "Mitchell" to do a vehicle search... and, he found the drugs.  Police add Syper was allegedly found to be under the influence of drugs.  He and his passenger... 37 year-old Cesar Luis-Soto of Jamestown... were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  The money was seized.  Syper was charged with DWI-Drugs, and failure to keep right.  Both men will appear in Ellery Town Court at a later date.

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