Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge In Shooting

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE – A Jamestown man previously charged with three counts of second-degree attempted murder and a count of first-degree assault plead guilty to a reduced charged of second-degree attempted assault Tuesday morning in Chautauqua County Court, according to Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone. Barone told WNYNewsNow that Rasul N. Bonds was released and sentenced to time served on the level E Felony. Jury selection was scheduled to begin Tuesday in front of Judge David Foley.At the time of Bonds’ arrest, Jamestown Police said one man was shot in the face and was seriously injured as he was walking with two other people.A second Jamestown man, Corey M. Johnson, plead guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree attempted assault on Oct. 23 in connection with the shooting. Johnson was sentenced on Jan. 6 to a determinate term of five years in state prison, plus five years of post-release supervision. Three 12-year orders of protection were also executed. last_img read more

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DA Investigating Spitting, Coughing Incidents Towards Law Enforcement

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Mr. Swanson when are you going to do something about the Jamestown Police who intimidate and threaten the residence of Jamestown on a daily basis?,If anyone coughs or sneezes close to me they will be physically harmed until they get six feet away. Social distancing means that anyone close enough to get hit us an immediate threat to my safety and my family’s safety. Photo: Derek Seifert / U.S. Air ForceMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says he’ll be investigating incidents of spitting and coughing on a member of law enforcement during the COVID-19 crisis. Swanson says police agencies throughout Chautauqua County have reported such incidents during the crisis. He says those actions are putting the lives of law enforcement and their families in danger.The prosecutor told WNYNewsNow Tuesday morning that his office has looked at a situation that arose in Dunkirk last week.“To me, it just boggles the mind that someone would do something like that,” Swanson said. “You have these police officers who, in their day-to-day lives, when things are normal, are putting themselves in harms way, protecting our communities. But with the current circumstances, not only are they putting themselves in harms way and their health in harms way, they’re potentially exposing people that are close to them, their family members and other people that they interact with on a regular basis.” “There’s a real concern if someone decides to do this to a police officer, and we want to make sure that we are doing what we can.”Swanson also released the following in a press release Tuesday:“We find ourselves in unprecedented times. Our Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies and State Troopers are putting their lives, and potentially the lives of those close to them, at-risk to protect our communities every single day. These officers risk exposure to this virus simply by going to work. It angers me that anyone would spit or cough at an officer – especially during this health crisis – in an effort to intimidate or threaten them when they are performing their job related responsibilities. The people of Chautauqua County should know that this behavior will not be tolerated, and my office will pursue the highest possible charge against any individual who threatens the health and livelihood of our law enforcement officers,” said Swanson.The range of potential charges may include Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a Class “E” felony, Menacing in the Third Degree, a Class “B” misdemeanor, and the violation of Harassment in the Second Degree. The Chautauqua County DA’s Office says they will also consider bringing a motion to the court to compel a defendant to be tested for COVID-19. If the alleged incident occurs within a correctional facility, an individual could be charged with Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, a Class “E” felony. If convicted on the felony charge, a person could face a maximum of four years in prison.“This is a time for coming together as a whole community to get through an unthinkable crisis,” Swanson said. “My hope is that we do not have any more of these types of incidents.”last_img read more

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Mayville Boil Water Advisory Lifted

first_imgCredit WRDW TVMAYVILLE — The week-long water boil advisory for Village of Mayville water customers has been ended.Chautauqua County health officials said the advisory has ended except for a few residents on East and West Chautauqua streets.Impacted residents were notified by the county. The order started Monday after service was interrupted due to a water main leak.Water samples collected Tuesday and Wednesday from throughout the village show that the water is safe to drink and use for all other purposes, officials said. The major water main leak was repaired the same day but due to a loss of pressure in the system, a boil water advisory was placed into effect as a precaution.Bottled water was distributed to residents during the advisory.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Groups Call On New York To Eliminate Fossil Fuel Subsidies

first_imgStock ImageALBANY – New York organizations are calling upon the state government to eliminate non-essential fossil fuel subsidies from the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.In a press conference organized by the New York Youth Climate Leaders, Natural Resources Defense Council, and New York Public Interest Research Group, over 150 student, faith, labor, political, business and environmental groups from across the state issued a letter and petition addressed to legislative leadership and Governor Cuomo to eliminate unnecessary fossil fuel subsidies from the 2021-2022 state budget.The groups say that New York is also facing a projected budget shortfall of more than $14 billion in the current fiscal year.In light of this, the letter from advocates states that “Everyday New Yorkers, who are already suffering so greatly, cannot afford to bear the brunt of our fiscal shortfall. Instead of cutting essential public services, New York must make polluters pay by cutting subsidies to the oil and gas industry.” Marco Volpitta, Co-Director of Government Affairs for the New York Youth Climate Leaders, said “As we move into an economy without fossil fuels, it’s high time that New York State stop giving tax breaks to companies with no place in the future of energy.At a time when New York faces a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall, investing in our communities and safeguarding the future of our state should be prioritized over subsidizing an industry that no longer helps our state thrive.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Get a Superb & Exquisite First Look at Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe & More in Bullets Over Broadway

first_imgYou stand on the brink of greatness, Broadway fans, because Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway is heading to…well…Broadway! Zach Braff is gearing up to make his Main Stem debut in the crime-comedy tuner, and Entertainment Weekly has photographer Jason Bell’s super-stylish first look at the Scrubs star all dappered up and ready to go. Directed by Susan Stroman, the forthcoming world premiere musical features a new, adapted book by Allen and tells the story of aspiring playwright David Shayne (Braff) in 1920s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his new show in order to have it produced on Broadway. In addition to Braff, the cast of Bullets Over Broadway includes Marin Mazzie as Helen Sinclair, Brooks Ashmanskas as Warner Purcell, Vincent Pastore as Nick Valenti, Betsy Wolfe as Ellen, Nick Cordero as Cheech, Lenny Wolpe as Julian Marx and Heléne Yorke as Olive Neal. Get your ritzy first look at the cast of the new musical, then catch Bullets Over Broadway, beginning March 11 at the St. James Theatre! Wait, wait, wait! Don’t go yet! Click the video below to get a dashing behind-the-scenes look at the very first photo shoot for the show. Betsy Wolfe Marin Mazzie Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Bullets Over Broadway View Comments Zach Braff Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

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Michele Ragusa Replaces Victoria Clark in Titanic

first_img View Comments Based on the real-life disaster of 1912, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Tony-winning musical tells the story of the doomed ocean liner and the travelers aboard the so-called unsinkable ship. The show premiered on Broadway on April 23, 1997 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Titanic’s score includes “Godspeed Titanic,” “The Largest Floating Object in the World” and “I Must Get On that Ship.” The cast of Titanic will also include Martin Moran as Harold Bride, David Garrison as J. Bruce Ismay, Becky Ann Baker as Charlotte Cardoza, John Bolton as Charles Lightoller, Ryan Silverman as Charles Clarke, Ron Raines as Isidor Straus, Clarke Thorell as Jim Farrell, Jill Paice as Caroline Neville, Jonathan Brody as John B. Thayer and Scott Burkell as George Widener/Frank Carlson. A separate revival directed by Thom Southerland is set to dock on Broadway this fall. Batten down the hatches! Original Titanic cast member Victoria Clark (Cinderella) will no longer be reprising her role as Alice Beane in the one-night-only concert of the Tony-winning musical Titanic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and is instead to be replaced by Michele Ragusa (Young Frankenstein). Directed by Don Stephenson and featuring original cast members Michael Cerveris and Brian d’Arcy James, Titanic will play February 17.last_img read more

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Matilda’s Oona Laurence Tapped to Lead Pete’s Dragon Remake

first_img Pete’s Dragon follows a young orphan who, alongside a dragon named Elliott, his only friend and guardian, visit the small fishing town of Passamaquoddy. The original film premiered in 1977 and featured Sean Marshall, Jim Dale, Shelley Winters, Helen Reddy and Mickey Rooney. The song “Candle on the Water” from the film was nominated for an Oscar. Honorary Tony Award winner Oona Laurence has lined up the latest in a string of film projects: the Disney remake of their 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. According to Variety, the former Matilda star will play Natalie, a newly created character who did not appear in the original film. Oakes Fegley will take on the role of Pete. The film will combine live action with CGI effects (because this is the 21st century and a conventionally animated dragon is so 1977). No release date or additional cast has been announced. Not even yet a teenager, Laurence has made quite the transition from stage to screen. In addition to Pete’s Dragon, she is set to appear in the upcoming indie drama Lamb, as well as Southpaw, I Smile Back and The Grief of Others. She made her Broadway debut in Matilda at the age of 10.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Julie White & More Set for Lisa D’Amour’s Airline Highway on B’way

first_imgTony winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) and more have been tapped for the upcoming Broadway production of Lisa D’Amour’s Airline Highway. Directed by Joe Mantello, Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s ensemble production will begin previews on April 1. Opening night is set for April 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Joining White as Tanya will be K. Todd Freeman (The Song of Jacob Zulu) as Sissy Na Na, Scott Jaeck (August: Osage County) as Wayne, Ken Marks as Francis (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) and Judith Roberts (Orange Is The New Black) as Miss Ruby. Making their Broadway debuts will be Carolyn Braver as Zoe, Caroline Neff as Krista, Tim Edward Rhoze as Terry and Joe Tippett as Bait Boy. Additional casting will be announced soon. Airline Highway is an ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting. In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. The production will feature scenic design by Scott Pask, with costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and original music and sound design by Fitz Patton. Airline Highway received its world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in December 2014. Related Showscenter_img Airline Highway Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

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Tracy Jai Edwards & More Complete Cast of B’way-Bound Gotta Dance

first_img View Comments Tracy Jai Edwards (Legally Blonde) and more will complete the cast of the much-buzzed about Broadway-bound Gotta Dance. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the new tuner will feature a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and Nell Benjamin, with additional music by Marvin Hamlisch. Previews are scheduled to begin on December 13 at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.The cast will also include Joanna Jones (NBC’s Sing Off), Madeleine Doherty (Gigi), Diane Findlay (Fish in the Dark), Lenora Nemetz (Gypsy), Jonalyn Saxer (Honeymoon in Vegas) and Kay Walbye (Urinetown). Rounding out the company will be Alexander Aguilar, Adinah Alexander, Sydni Beaudoin, Holly Ann Butler, Paula Castelon, Ari Groover, Colby Lewis, Lance Roberts, Elise Santora, Austin Scott III and Virginia Ann Woodruff.Gotta Dance tells the true story of a group of professional dancers, who, in 2007, were tasked with getting a basketball team’s senior citizen dance troupe performance-ready for their center court hip-hop debut. Through an unlikely art form and some hot moves, generation gaps are crossed and friendships are formed.The production stars the previously announced André De Shields, Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Stefanie Powers, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, and Nancy Ticotin.The world premiere is set to end its limited engagement on January 10, 2016.last_img read more

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Pecan Growers Want Sun

first_imgWhy is it that no matter what type of weather farmers get, it always seems the oppositeof what they need at the time? “Our crop looks strong right now, but we need a lot of sunshine for the nuts tofill out,” said Tom Crocker, a pecan horticulturist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service.”We sure don’t want a hurricane clouding over south Georgia,” he said as theseason for tropical storms entered its peak. “That would prevent the nut growth weneed for a good crop.”Crocker pointed out the problem that would cause for pecan growers while recognizingpeanut and cotton farmers’ great need for the rain a tropical system might provide.This year’s pecan crop started a long time ago — last fall, actually. After farmersharvested the 1995 crop, the trees set the buds that formed this year’s nuts. The weatherlast October and November were nearly perfect, Crocker said, for a good crop this year.The latest estimates place the Georgia crop at 115 million pounds. That’s about 42percent of the U.S. crop.Georgia pecans are famous around the world. But most pecan lovers can’t name a singlevariety. Pecans just aren’t marketed that way. “We just sell them as ‘pecans,'”Crocker said.Through the spring, most pecan orchards got enough rain to produce nuts from those budsset last fall. “Some areas got more than enough rain,” he said, “and nutsare splitting open.The rain can create another problem for pecan farmers. “The water helped the treesproduce large nuts,” he said. “But now we need sunshine and more water for thetrees to fill those nuts.”When rain becomes scarce in pecan orchards, most growers can create their own.Irrigation systems water more than 60 percent of the Georgia crop. That allows farmers towater when the crop needs it most.But sunshine is a little harder to create.”We’relooking for bright, drier conditions now, when many other farmers want rain,” Crockersaid. “It’sa difficult situation for farmers with pecans and other crops. They have to hope for rainor sun on specific acres.”last_img read more

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