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Jury Selection For Homicide Case To Start On Jan. 7

Jury selection for the trial of Ashlyann M. Lopez-Lopez, 26, of Dunkirk, for the alleged stabbing death of 15-year-old Jefrena Brown will begin on Jan. 7. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said a pre-trial conference will take place prior to jury selection beginning. A ...

Bill Reintroduces Judicial Discretion For Setting Bail

Yet another piece of legislation has been introduced in the state Legislature to make changes to New York’s criminal justice reforms. The latest bill is S.6929, sponsored by Sen. Todd Kaminsky, D-Long Island, to allow judges to set bail for level 2 or 3 sex offenders who are charged with ...

Lawmaker Pushes To Protect Informants

A byproduct of the state’s criminal justice reform legislation could be the unmasking of those who report housing code violations or other violations. State Sen. James Gaughran, D-Northport, wants the state Legislature to amend the state Criminal Procedure Law to allow anonymity for those ...

‘22 Strong’

There’s often infighting and a sense of separation between the four high school attendance areas in Warren County. But when the chips are down, and life gets real, it’s truly amazing how all of it goes away and the communities rally around each other. That was evident again Friday ...

Police Seek Info About Missing Teenager

The Jamestown Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in helping to locate a 13-year-old female reported missing since Oct. 21. Police said they have an “active and open case” in addition to receiving several tips on the whereabouts of Gianna L. Coleman. However, the ...

Senske Appointed Jamestown City Historian

Mayor Sam Teresi announced the appointment of Ashley Senske to serve in the position of city historian. She replaces B. Dolores Thompson, who announced her retirement earlier this year after a long and distinguished service as city historian, reaching into four decades. “It’s very ...

Lawmaker Calls For Community Mental Health Clinics

A state Assembly member from Brooklyn is asking the state Legislature to take the first steps toward creating community mental health clinics. Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, D-Brooklyn, is proposing a new section in the state Mental Hygiene Law to establish integrated community mental health ...

Cuomo To Propose Ban On E-Cig Flavors, Targeted Ads

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday he’ll introduce legislation to ban all flavored nicotine e-cigarette products as well as vaping advertisements aimed at youth. The Democrat announced that legislation he’ll propose in his 2020 State of the State agenda on Jan. 8 will ...

Future Funding

The Jamestown City Council will determine whether the city receives the full $250,000 matching grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation for a new skatepark in the city. On Monday, the council is slated to vote on a resolution that will allocated $150,000 from the Urban Development Action Grant ...

History Marking The Way

Those enjoying the paths of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk will now have plenty of new information to take in along the way, thanks to the newly-unveiled Riverwalk Kiosk Historic Photo Project. Mayor Sam Teresi and new Jamestown city historian Ashley Senske gathered on Friday afternoon ...

Abandonment Of Road Discussed By Town Board

A North Harmony property owner has come forward with some interest in a section of Drake Forest Road that North Harmony officials are considering abandoning. Mike Leach, who lives on Eggleston Hill Road, said he read mention of the Drake Forest Road abandonment in The Post-Journal and ...

Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Devocalization Of Animals

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria, has found the next animal welfare law for the state Legislature to debate — animal devocalization. Gianaris recently introduced S.6904 in the state Senate. Much like legislation passed earlier this year to ban cat declawing, legislation banning ...

Bridge Opening Delayed To Early January

The Harrison Street Bridge in Jamestown is expected to open by Jan. 4 following a multimillion dollar replacement project. The new opening date is four days later than previously stated by the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities. As part of the project, a 16-inch water main ...

Heading South

Jamestown High School Marching Band and A Cappella members pose Thursday afternoon as they get ready to load the buses for their trip to Disney World. Over 200 students, teachers and parent chaperones are traveling on a 24-hour bus ride to the Magic Kingdom. Pictured on top are Dylan Lydell, ...

Smart Meters, Directional Signs To Be Installed

Assisting tourist and city residents find local attractions and providing multiple parking meter paying options will be happening next year in downtown Jamestown. On Thursday, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, announced that next year new smart parking meters and vehicular and pedestrian ...

Lawmaker Seeks Addition To Animal Cruelty Laws

It’s hard to believe this behavior isn’t already against state law, but a state Assembly member wants to add sexual contact with an animal to the state’s animal cruelty laws. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-New York City, recently introduced A-8744 in the state Assembly to establish ...

Poland Town Board Discusses Concerns About Route 62 Traffic

KENNEDY — Concerns over traffic on Route 62 at the four corners in Kennedy was again discussed at a recent meeting of the Poland Town Board. A resident asked that board members spend time in the area to see how much of a problem the traffic creates. Now that the railroad crossing has been ...

Happy Hounds To Expand Village Business

LAKEWOOD — The Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa is expanding its business. The Lakewood Village Zoning Board of Appeals recently approved the business’ plan to add 2,342 square feet to the back side of the building at 333 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, and another smaller addition on the ...

Longtime Lakewood Village Clerk To Retire

Joe Johnson, Lakewood’s longtime village clerk, will retire on Jan. 1. Andrea Windoft has been appointed the village’s treasurer, which board members voted during the meeting to re-establish, with Mary Currie elevated into Johnson’s position as village clerk. During the Lakewood ...

Possible Drive-By Shooting Investigated

Jamestown police were looking into a possible drive-by shooting that took place Christmas Day. Officers were first alerted to the possible shooting around 4 p.m. in the area of Newland Avenue. A witness told county dispatch that two vehicles, a dark-colored SUV and a silver sedan, may have ...