Court To Enter Phase Four Of Reopening Today, Slow Movement Expected

first_imgWNYNewsNow File Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Court is entering Phase Four of the New York State Unified Court System reopening plan today. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson tells WNYNewsNow that the Office of Court Administration (OCA) is working to begin in-person hearings.“That all being said, it’s going to be slow,” Swanson said. “There’s a lot of cases that are outstanding that need to have the defendants arraigned, including traffic tickets, misdemeanors and any felony offenses that were eligible for appearance tickets. It’s going to take some time to get through those with, I would say, truncated calendars because these local courts don’t have large facilities. They’re going to have to limit the number of people they’re calling in, and even when those people do come in, I would suspect those procedures are going to be moving more slowly because of distancing requirements, sanitation requirements.”“Everything is going to move more slowly, and that’s going to be on top of this unprecedented backlog that we have.” Swanson says his office has nearly 50 cases that his office needs to present to a Grand Jury, which he says he “ideally” hopes to start convening on July 15. The County’s top prosecutor adds that he hopes to present four cases a day, one or two days a week.In addition, Swanson says his office will also need to handle other cases that his team receives.The Unified Court System website says courts in Phase Four can begin hearing a limited number of bench trials in civil and criminal matters. Swanson says that criminal bench trials, however, only occur in New York State when a defendant requests a bench trial, which he says “rarely” happens in Chautauqua County.Swanson says he’s not aware of any scheduled bench trials in Chautauqua County.Swanson says he believes the OCA is continuing internal discussions regarding the health and safety procedures for those called to serve on a trial jury. However, he says he’d “foster a guess” that procedures won’t be fully developed in the near future.WNYNewsNow asked Swanson for the hearing statuses of Jamestown men Tavion L. Turner, 21, and Julio E. Montanez, 26, both of whom are charged with second-degree murder in separate criminal cases. (Montanez was additionally indicted on two counts of second-degree attempted murder.)Swanson says his office has Skype conferences on both of those matters later in July.Swanson adds that a sentencing for Rance Freeman, 32, hasn’t been scheduled. Freeman previously plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter in connection with the 2008 homicide of Westfield man Jeffrey Johnson.Freeman can’t appear in court for a sentencing at this time because courts can only hold a sentencing hearing for those who aren’t in custody, according to Swanson. Swanson says a virtual sentencing “won’t suffice.”WNYNewsNow will continue to follow for more details on the court reopening.  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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  • Court To Enter Phase Four Of Reopening Today, Slow Movement Expected

    first_imgWNYNewsNow File Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Court is entering Phase Four of the New York State Unified Court System reopening plan today. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson tells WNYNewsNow that the Office of Court Administration (OCA) is working to begin in-person hearings.“That all being said, it’s going to be slow,” Swanson said. “There’s a lot of cases that are outstanding that need to have the defendants arraigned, including traffic tickets, misdemeanors and any felony offenses that were eligible for appearance tickets. It’s going to take some time to get through those with, I would say, truncated calendars because these local courts don’t have large facilities. They’re going to have to limit the number of people they’re calling in, and even when those people do come in, I would suspect those procedures are going to be moving more slowly because of distancing requirements, sanitation requirements.”“Everything is going to move more slowly, and that’s going to be on top of this unprecedented backlog that we have.” Swanson says his office has nearly 50 cases that his office needs to present to a Grand Jury, which he says he “ideally” hopes to start convening on July 15. The County’s top prosecutor adds that he hopes to present four cases a day, one or two days a week.In addition, Swanson says his office will also need to handle other cases that his team receives.The Unified Court System website says courts in Phase Four can begin hearing a limited number of bench trials in civil and criminal matters. Swanson says that criminal bench trials, however, only occur in New York State when a defendant requests a bench trial, which he says “rarely” happens in Chautauqua County.Swanson says he’s not aware of any scheduled bench trials in Chautauqua County.Swanson says he believes the OCA is continuing internal discussions regarding the health and safety procedures for those called to serve on a trial jury. However, he says he’d “foster a guess” that procedures won’t be fully developed in the near future.WNYNewsNow asked Swanson for the hearing statuses of Jamestown men Tavion L. Turner, 21, and Julio E. Montanez, 26, both of whom are charged with second-degree murder in separate criminal cases. (Montanez was additionally indicted on two counts of second-degree attempted murder.)Swanson says his office has Skype conferences on both of those matters later in July.Swanson adds that a sentencing for Rance Freeman, 32, hasn’t been scheduled. Freeman previously plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter in connection with the 2008 homicide of Westfield man Jeffrey Johnson.Freeman can’t appear in court for a sentencing at this time because courts can only hold a sentencing hearing for those who aren’t in custody, according to Swanson. Swanson says a virtual sentencing “won’t suffice.”WNYNewsNow will continue to follow for more details on the court reopening.  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

  • Coroner Called To Scene Following Crash Near New York, Pennsylvania Line

    first_imgPhoto: Bull-Doser / WikipediaUPDATED AT 8:30 AM ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020:BUSTI – Police have identified the woman killed in a Friday evening crash on Busti-Sugar Grove Road near the New York, Pennsylvania line.Lakewood-Busti Police say around 6:30 p.m. a vehicle operated by 51-year-old Joseph Wisnewski, of Jamestown, was heading south when a deer ran in front of it.Wisnewski, police say, swerved to miss the animal causing his vehicle to travel off the east side of the roadway striking a tree head-on. Wisnewski, police report, had to be extricated from the vehicle. Officers say the front seat passenger, 65-year-old Carol Boyer, also of Jamestown, was pronounced dead at the scene.Additionally, there were two children in the back seat of the vehicle, a 13-year-old and two-year-old, that were taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital with minor injuries.The Busti Fire Department, Lakewood Fire Department and Chautauqua County EMS were among department that responded to the scene. 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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    first_imgMANSFIELD — Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Deputies have found a missing woman following a Sunday car crash.Donielle M. Storey, 28, of Little Valley was involved in a vehicle crash on Bedient Hill Road and Schuppenhaur Road early Sunday afternoon.She was not located at the crash scene and officials feared she may have been injured.Deputies were concerned for Storey’s well-being and were attempting to locate her. A search was conducted in the area of the accident and continued today.There was no information regarding her condition.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

  • Watch Denzel Washington Talk Hanging Picking Up Tips From Original Raisin Star Sidney Poitier

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  • Viva La Vie Boheme! Rent Is Heading to Cuba

    first_img As previously reported, a workshop production of an updated Carmen Jones, another musical inspired by a classic opera, took place in Havana earlier this year. Based on Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent tells the story of a group of young artists struggling in New York’s East Village in the early 1990s and the obstacles they face, including AIDS, homelessness, poverty, lack of healthcare and homophobia. The Great Whiite Way production of Rent opened on April 29, 1996, following a sold-out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop. The musical, directed by Michael Greif, went on to win every major Best Musical award, including the Tony, and became one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The show closed on Broadway on September 7, 2008. Rent is coming to Cuba! The Tony and Pulitzer-winning tuner by Jonathan Larson will mark Cuba’s first full production of a musical in over 50 years. The Spanish-language production will open on Christmas Eve (the same day the first act of the show takes place), at Havana’s Bertolt Brecht Theater. Andy Señor Jr., who made his Broadway debut as Angel in Rent, will direct the cast of 15 Cuban actors.  Señor made his professional stage debut in Rent. He also toured with the show. In 2011, he was assistant director to Greif for the show’s off-Broadway revival. View Commentslast_img read more

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