Man Arrested Following Sunday Night Vehicle Pursuit

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),Was he let out without bail under the new Catch and Release law? Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing several charges following a vehicle pursuit that started in the area of South Main and Harrison Streets Sunday night.Jamestown Police say they attempted to stop Samuel Gagliano, 27, who was allegedly driving recklessly just after 7 p.m.Gagliano allegedly refused to stop and fled. Officers gave pursuit as Gagliano continued to drive recklessly and at one point struck a vehicle traveling in the area of Fairmount and Whitley Avenues.Police say the chase continued to Catlin Avenue where Gagliano allegedly rammed a Jamestown Police Car, causing heavy damage. Officers say Gagliano then fled from his vehicle into a house on Catlin Avenue.Police say Gagliano was eventually taken into custody without further incident.Gagliano is charged with second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and numerous other vehicle and traffic violations.last_img read more

Facts Over Fear

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) Opinions represented in this analysis are those of the author, Justin Gould, and do not represent WNY Media Company, its brands or advertisers.JAMESTOWN – Most weekends, generally on Saturday mornings, my girlfriend and I visit the Lakewood Wegmans to do our weekly grocery shopping.Like many in the community, we only buy enough supplies for the week ahead.On Friday night we decided to shop early, in an effort to beat the crowds expected due to the Coronavirus outbreak. What we saw at Wegmans was not only concerning, but also a bit disappointing. Not towards the store, as they are doing the best they can with the cards they have been dealt, but with society. Items like ground beef, pasta and rice were sold out. Additionally, there was a limited supply of canned soup, bottled water and mac and cheese. Workers at the store say much needed items like, toilet paper, will likely be restocked late next week.Fellow shoppers seemed calm amid a “rush” to stock up. The question I pose is “Why the rush?” Health officials say there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, in Chautauqua County.  There are two people in a precautionary quarantine. One of them met criteria to be tested for the virus and heath officials are now awaiting those results.With that said, I ask again, “Why the rush?” One plausible answer, and it hurts to say this, the news media.Today’s 24 hour news cycle is detrimental to people’s well being during the outbreak causing panic and fear.Part of what drives feelings of anxiety is a lack of information. The virus is new, and there remain many questions about the illness it causes. Most people haven’t had it, nor do they know someone who has.The good news is, for most people, the illness caused by the coronavirus is generally mild and the flu-like symptoms of fever and cough don’t last long. The bad news is the virus is novel and highly contagious, and right now there is no vaccine. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems or chronic diseases can become very sick and in some cases die.Sure, large cities like New York should take action. As we’ve seen in China, the virus spread rapidly. Mainly caused by the large population mass that calls the nation home.Here in Western New York, Chautauqua County specifically, I agree with health officials that while there is need for concern and preparedness; there is no need for panic.If the risk to most people is mild to moderate symptoms, why does it feel as if the world is shutting down?Public health officials are trying to control the infectivity curve. If cases go up too fast and too high, the people who need health care will be crowding hospitals all at once, making it impossible for everybody who needs it to get care.We can not let fear control our life. We can not let society shut down. At the same time, we can not ignore the warnings.Christine Schuyler, the director of Health and Human Services, says the virus most impacts those age 65 or older; those with underlying health conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, neurologic, or liver disease or diabetes; those with compromised immune systems or who are  pregnant.  Schuyler says anyone in these high risk categories should be extra vigilant about respiratory, hand hygiene and avoid gatherings of ten people or more.If you are ill stay home and avoid others. If you have a fever and worsening symptoms of respiratory illness such cough and difficulty breathing, Schuyler says call your healthcare provider for advisement.If you have a per existing condition or are elderly, you probably should be extra cautious, but not panicked.So, what’s the take away from all this? I say, live your life, don’t panic, but at the same time be vigilant and follow the recommendations from our local health officials. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water, disinfect dirty surfaces and cough into your armpit. The national news is covering just that, the national story. Our story starts with the facts, the facts that effect our family, friends and neighbors. Facts that come from LOCAL officials.The media has an important role to play. It must dispense accurate information without being sensational, and it must avoid exploiting people’s fears. We will continue to cover the story, we will continue to put the facts first.last_img read more

Randolph Man Charged With Producing Child Pornography

first_imgStock Image.RANDOLPH — A Randolph man faces up to 30 years in prison after he was charged with production of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.Alexander Carnahan, 27, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles M. Kruly and Elizabeth R. Moellering, who are handling the case, said that according to the complaint, on June 9, the Jamestown Police Department responded to a residence for a report of alleged child sexual abuse involving an 11 year-old. The victim’s mother advised officers that another one of her children gave her a cell phone belonging to the defendant, who was staying with the family, and told her that there were nude images of the victim on the phone. The victim’s mother searched the phone and found what she believed to be nude images of the victim. The mother then kicked Carnahan out of the family residence.On June 16, Jamestown Police Officers executed a state search warrant on the defendant’s phone but did not locate any images or videos depicting child pornography. On June 17, a federal search warrant was executed on the defendant’s Google account. Investigators recovered several images and videos that appeared to match descriptions provided by the victim’s mother. The investigation determined that the defendant transferred the images and videos from his phone to his Google account. Investigators also recovered child pornography images that Carnahan did not produce himself. On August 13, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s current residence in Randolph. A second warrant authorized photographs of Carnahan’s hands to determine whether his hands matched a hand seen in the images of child pornography recovered by investigators.The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson. 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

Wendel Hopes To Use New Appointment To Support Rural Broadband

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel says he hopes to use a recent appointment to an FCC committee to help foster more and better broadband in rural counties.Wendel, is a newly federally appointed member of Chairman Ajit Pai’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC).County Executive Wendel was nominated for the position by Johann Clendenin, who as Commissioner for the USVI Public Services Commission, was Chairman of the IAC’s TeleHealth Working Group last year.Wendel provided support and insight into the needs of rural America for needed TeleHealth services while he served on the Chautauqua County Legislature. The FCC TeleHealh Report was published in September and is used extensively as our nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission sought candidates with expertise relevant to broadband infrastructure deployment and adoption, particularly those with knowledge and experience specific to Tribal and rural communities, “Smart City” and infrastructure-related initiatives, state and local government consumer complaints processes and data trends, and public safety and homeland security matters. Clendenin, who is a graduate of SUNY College at Fredonia and served on the College Foundation Board for more than a decade, congratulated Wendel saying: “Well Done “P.J.,” your demonstrated commitment to rural infrastructure and to the County will continue to be appreciated during your national service. You join a special group of public officials who lead the way for our future!”The mission of the IAC is to provide advice to the Commission on the many telecommunications issues affecting local, state and Tribal governments that are within the jurisdiction of the FCC.These issues can range from major FCC policy priorities such as broadband adoption and deployment, especially in unserved and underserved rural areas and Tribal lands, to strengthening public safety communications infrastructure and emergency response capabilities, streamlining facilities siting while respecting public rights of way, monitoring the transition from “legacy” telecommunications services to emerging wireline networks and wireless networks, and ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the universal service programs.Because this committee consists of only Federal, state, local or Tribal governmental elected officials (or their designated employees), the IAC is exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (“FACA”). 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

Grant Awarded To Improve Cassadaga Lakes Nature Park Next Spring

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) File image by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy.CASSADAGA – The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy was recently awarded a state grant for improvements to its Cassadaga Lakes Nature Park.The group says a $40,000 grant will allow them to make trail improvements, enhancing and connecting trails at the park located on the old Route 60 just outside of Cassadaga.The group also plans to create a entryway welcome kiosk and pavilion that will offer visitors shelter and information about the park.On the shoreline of Mud Lake, a wildlife observation blind will be constructed featuring an elevated platform and ramp for access. Gaps will be included in the blind’s walls facing the lake which will allow visitors to use binoculars to observe birds and other wildlife in and on Mud Lake. The park encompasses 77 acres of woods and wetlands at the head of the Cassadaga Lakes, including 26 acres of shoreland wetlands and 1,100 feet of natural shoreline.The grant is funded from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.“We thank State Senator George Borrello, Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Governor Cuomo for their support of this project and the New York State Conservation Partnership Program during this challenging time,” said John Jablonski, Executive Director of the CWC. “The CWC has registered over 1,300 persons using its preserves over the last nine months. We anticipate that this site will become one of area’s most popular walking destinations.”The completion of these improvements and the park opening are scheduled for summer 2021.last_img read more

Toni Braxton & Babyface Visit After Midnight Before Taking the Stage

first_img After Midnight Related Shows Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds had a late-night date with the cast of After Midnight on February 6! The pair, who have racked up a total of 16 Grammy Awards between them, will take the stage as celebrity guest soloists in the toe-tapping tribute to Duke Ellington this spring. Before it’s their turn to croon with the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars Orchestra, Braxton and Babyface took in the extravaganza at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and after the show, the stars stopped backstage to snap a photo with their new castmates. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars, then catch their Broadway guest appearance in After Midnight from March 18 through 30! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014last_img read more

The Sound and the Fury Returns Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The Sound and the Fury will once again play off-Broadway. The show, directed by John Collins and created by Elevator Repair Service, will begin previews in The Public Theater’s Martinson Theater on May 14, 2015 and run through June 13. Opening night is scheduled for May 21.The Sound and the Fury is based on William Faulkner’s celebrated novel of the same name and follows the fictional Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. A once noble clan descended from a Civil War hero, the family falls victim to racism, greed and selfishness, embodying the clash between changing times and old ideals in the post-Civil War era. The play covers Part One of Faulkner’s novel, April Seventh, 1928.The ensemble cast is set to include Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Williams.The Sound and the Fury will feature scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Colleen Werthmann, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney.last_img read more

Robert Askins’ Hand to God Will Transfer to Broadway

first_img Related Shows Hand to God Hand to God will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Sydney Maresca, lighting by Jason Lyons, sound by Jill BC Du Boff, puppet design by Marte Johanne Ekhougen and fight direction by Robert Westley. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Boyer (The Wolf of Wall Street) will play Jason/Tyrone with Kudisch (9 to 5: The Musical) as Pastor Greg, Geneva Carr, in her Broadway debut, as Margery, Sarah Stiles (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Jessica and Michael Oberholtzer, in his Broadway debut, as Timmy.center_img View Comments In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. Robert Askins’ Hand to God is heading to the Great White Way! Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the new play ran at MCC Theater off-Broadway earlier this year and Steven Boyer, three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch and all the cast will all be reprising their roles at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. Previews will begin on March 12, 2015, with opening night set for April 7.last_img read more

Holly Hunter on Leading David Rabe’s Cathartic Drama Sticks and Bones

first_img View Comments So, there was no relearning process or readjustment? It’s all a learning process, and that’s one of things that I find so exciting about doing a play as good as this one. The learning never ends. When I’m backstage listening to the play, when I’m doing a scene that we spent hours rehearsing and now performing, I hear things that I’ve never heard. I see things that I’ve never seen. There are discoveries made on stage by the company that I’m in. I’m constantly learning. But this is all predicated on David Rabe, because there are some plays that do have a ceiling: you can only take them so far. With this play, it is so complex and there’s such density to the denial that each character experiences, and on top of if the familial complexities, make it something actually worth revisiting performance after performance. Sticks and Bones Harriet’s cheeriness is almost a mania. It must be an exhausting performance. How do you recover every night? One of the things that any actor takes comfort in is that people have been here before you. I’m setting no precedent. People have performed Hamlet eight shows a week. They have performed King Lear eight shows a week. They have performed Blanche DuBois eight shows a week [laughs]. I saw F. Murray Abraham do Galileo at Classic Stage Company. There are far more monstrous-sized characters that people bring to life. It’s what you want. You want a catharsis in the theater, and David Rabe has given us one. That’s what makes this play feel like it’s breathing rare air is the tone of it. The landscape is not naturalism and at the same time it must be truthful. There must be a real honesty in the love that the family experiences. Otherwise, it’s not worth it. What’s it like being back onstage after a nearly decade-long absence? Plays are funny things. I started acting when I was 14 doing high school plays. Then, at 15, I left to do repertory theatre in upstate New York at a place called Cortland Rep and then I apprenticed there and went back when I was 16. Then I went to Carnegie Mellon and studied theater for four years, so that kind of immersion at a young age it’s kind of like riding a bicycle: it becomes part of you. It’s not like anything else. Being away from the stage and coming back to it is like water. What makes you decide to take a role, whether it’s Sticks and Bones or something else? In the case of this play, this play was a conundrum in a way because it reads really differently than how it’s performed. It was such an enticing thing that I kind of went, “Wow, I just want to throw in the money and I want to gamble on this one.” It felt [like] there was a richness there and the tone of it is so mysterious and has such a strange lift off the ground that I just wanted to see what that would be like. Holly Hunter’s film and television career is packed with memorable roles, but she’s also a stage veteran—in fact, the Coen Brothers wrote her part in Raising Arizona after seeing her in Crimes of the Heart on Broadway in 1981. The Oscar and Emmy winner is returning to her roots in the New Group production of Sticks and Bones, David Rabe’s 1971 drama about rigorously placid suburban parents (Hunter and Bill Pullman) who go from elated to distraught when their son (Ben Schnetzer) returns from the Vietnam War. Below, Hunter talks about her return to the stage and why seeing David Rabe’s work is like “breathing rare air.”center_img See Holly Hunter in Sticks and Bones at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Your father, uncle, and two brothers were in the military during wartime. Are you drawing on any real-life experience? I’m a child of the ‘70s, not a child so much of the ‘60s. I’m just a little behind this era. My brothers were very much in this era and my sister. I gleaned a certain kind of consciousness about this, but only vicariously. I was too young to really experience this full on. At the same time, because of my age—I’m 56—I’m very aware of this era. I certainly benefitted from the incredible music. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 As an adult, do you now look at the period of time differently? The Vietnam War takes on a whole other meaning for me now, especially in light of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I feel that we have been steeped in a kind of denial about Iraq. Going into that war, it was a silent kind of conflict that was felt by fewer Americans than one would think. Vietnam was felt by so many because there was a draft, so the tentacles came down via the lottery into anybody’s lives. Iraq felt like it was more relegated to parts of the country where young men and women were enlisting, and it just felt like we never saw bodies. Iraq went by almost without a whimper, and there’s been a lack of funding for veterans coming home needing attention. There are no funds to really address many of the issues that people experience—from psychological to physiological—that they come back to the United States with.last_img read more Culturalist Challenge! Your Favorite Christian Borle Roles

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Comments Something Rotten! Christian Borle The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Christian Borle has the power, and we’re not just talking about his Tony-winning role as the Bard in Something Rotten!! Not only will the two-time Tony winner star as Marvin in the forthcoming Broadway revival of Falsettos; it has also been announced that he will transport theater fans to the world of pure imagination as the candy man himself in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (This means that Borle could be up against himself for Best Actor in a Musical at the 2017 Tony Awards, btw.) But before Borle starts slinging golden tickets as Willy Wonka, let’s recall our fave stage and screen characters he has portrayed. (After all, you can’t spell “Borle” without “role.”) Who could forget him as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher or as Tom Levitt in Smash? Which of Borle’s various roles do you think are his most eggcellent? Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek kicked off this challenge with his top 10!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! Star Fileslast_img read more