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) MAYVILLE – A man arrested in connection with a 2008 cold case death in Chautauqua County has taken a plea deal.A Chautauqua County Court Clerk tells WNYNewsNow Rance “Randy” Freeman, Jr. plead guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter last week.Originally, Freeman was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the November 2008 death of Westfield man Jeffrey Johnson, whose body was discovered in his home.Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson previously credited the persistence of the investigators for cracking the cold case. Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 1 p.m. in Chautauqua County Court.
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Photo: piqsels / pxfuelWASHINGTON — The extra $600 in unemployment benefits has become a reason for people not to return to work, according to Congressman Tom Reed, who said some benefits must continue, but not at the expense of crippling small businesses.Reed discussed the various aspects of the latest COVID-19 relief package during a conference call Tuesday.“How I see it is, if you were in a home and you lost a job, obviously you were making a wage before you lost your home,” Reed said. “The $600 provided more money than you were making when you were working.”Paying people more in unemployment than in wages hurts small businesses because people are reluctant to return to work when they can make more income staying home. Congressman Tom Reed. Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now. 05/12/20.“It’s just become a real barrier to get people back to work and that hurts small businesses. It hurts everyone,” Reed said.The latest package offers $200 in additional unemployment, which is a starting point for negotiations, Reed explained.Reed said he remains confident a package agreement can be on President’s Trumps desk in the next seven to 10 days.“They’re moving in a positive direction now in the Senate,” he said. “I’m still very confident that we’re going to get this taken care of.”The three main tenants Reed wants to see are stable unemployment benefits based on a percentage of income, incentives for people to return to work, direct aid to local municipalities and child care funding, he said.The problem, as Reed sees it, is the way bills are done now includes waiting to the last minute, “running up to the cliff” and then reaching an agreement.“If I was in charge, running the trains, I wouldn’t run it this way. I’d have us all sit in a room and not leave until it’s done,” he said.“The smaller local governments are the ones that are really the priority of this package,” he said. 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)
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) Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.ELLICOTT – A Buffalo area man was arrested Wednesday after police alleged he threw a water bottle at a car on I-86 near Jamestown.New York State Police say Ahmed Alqadhi, 41, of Lackawanna, allegedly threw the bottle at a vehicle he was passing, causing damage.Troopers say Alqadhi fled the scene after the victim called 911.Police say they located the suspect vehicle soon after the incident was reported and Alqadhi was taken in to custody. Alqadhi is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief.Troopers say he was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.Alqadhi is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellicott Court on a later date.
Image by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office / flickr.comHARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is recommending, but not mandating, that there be no school sports in his state for the rest of the year.During a press conference, Wolf said “the recommendation is that we don’t do any sports until January 1st.”“The guidance is that we ought to avoid any congregate settings,” Wolf said. “And that means anything that brings people together is going to help that virus get us and we ought to do everything we can to defeat that virus. So any time we get together for any reason, that’s a problem because it makes it easier for that virus to spread.”The PIAA had previously given schools the go ahead to decide on whether or nor to allow fall sports. 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)
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),I have 5 kids this is not going to work and 3 more I baby sit MGN ImageALBANY – With just a few weeks ahead of the start of the school year, New York leaders are continuing to lay out what that could look like across the state.Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday echoed what he’s been saying for the past couple of weeks, although the state is allowing schools to reopen, it will be up to each district on how that actually happens.He says ultimately the school districts need to cater to what the parents and teachers want because, without their say, there won’t be a school if the parents don’t send their child or the teachers don’t go to work.That’s why each district must answer any questions or concerns ahead of reopening. “The parents are right to be concerned. It’s only natural for the parents and teachers to have questions, they’re not being obstructionists. And I want the local school districts to understand that,” Cuomo said.The state is requiring each district to hold three to five information sessions by the end of the week.This is so school officials can speak directly to parents and teachers before the start of this school year.
Put down the knitting, the book and the broom and pick up that double martini, because it’s Friday—and that means it’s time for the Lessons of the Week! We learned a ton of crazy stuff in the last seven days about Anna Kendrick, Aaron Tveit, Ruth Wilson and more Broadway stars we just had to share. Ready? Let’s go!Anna Kendrick Works Hard For Her…$1.91Broadway is the gift that keeps on giving for Anna Kendrick—after starring in High Society as a kid, those royalty checks keep rolling in. For $1.91. Wow, Anna, that chunk of change could buy you a slice of dollar pizza from 2 Bros., 1/6 of a Chipotle burrito or…a magic bean. Can we interest you in a magic bean?Aaron Tveit Is Alive, He Is So Alive!Tveitortots, brace yourselves: we have good news and bad news. The bad news is the Assassins star will be cutting out of the London run early. But the good news? He’s leaving to shoot more episodes of Graceland, meaning (SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched season two yet) his character Mike Warren is probably not dead after all! Yaay!Girdles & Grey Wigs Are So In For 2016We knew when 20th Century Fox got in on the Broadway game, a Mrs. Doubtfire musical was right around the corner! Rob McClure, hope you like granny sweaters. And don’t think you’re getting off easy, Norbert Leo Butz—Tootsie’s got your name all over it! Maybe you guys can go on a shopping spree at Dress Barn together.Ruth Wilson Was a Horse-Loving ClownBefore she was the star of The Affair and Constellations, Ruth Wilson earned her stripes in acting school, where she did all sorts of important acting exercises. You know, the usual things, like dressing up like a circus clown and “sexually pleasuring” a make-believe horse. Stuff like that.Vanessa Hudgens Is Repeating Senior YearJust when we thought Vanessa Hudgens had finally graduated to more adult roles, the High School Musical star will be taking her senior year over again alongside Julianne Hough in Grease: Live. But hey, at Rydell High, everyone stays in school until they’re at least 34.Wicked Has a Prison For Crazy DollsWe thought we’d seen everything there was to see backstage at Wicked, but we were very wrong. New Broadway.com vlogger Kara Lindsay showed us the super creepy jail where she keeps a “very bad” Glinda doll captive for all eternity. The great and powerful Kara Lindsay has spoken!Natural Women Don’t Need Natural CurlsThe Broadway hopefuls at this week’s Beautiful casting call had one thing in common: wild hair, either natural or, um, electrically enhanced. A few minutes after talking to one holdout who decided to keep her hair straight, we caught her frantically curling her hair in the audition room. Guys. It’s a show. You can wear a wig. Relax. (Get it? Relax? We crack ourselves up.)Jessie Mueller’s Go-To Dance is the RobotSpeaking of natural women (See guys? Jessie’s hair is straight and she won a Tony), Beautiful star Jessie Mueller revealed that her favorite dance move to bust out at parties isn’t the Locomotion, but the Robot. Hey, anyone wanna write a musical follow-up to Small Wonder? Alan Menken, we’re looking at you.Elisabeth Moss Is Not a ‘Doll’Jason Biggs had great things to say about his new The Heidi Chronicles co-star Elisabeth Moss (well, after he jokingly called her “kind of a bitch”). But when he said she was “a real doll,” he put his foot in his mouth, realizing it’s a faux pas to call his co-star in a feminist play a “doll.” Geez Biggs, this is Broadway, not the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.Something Has Changed Within Skylar AstinOn TBS’ Ground Floor, Brody, played by our very own Spring Awakening and Pitch Perfect stud Skylar Astin, takes his girlfriend to see Wicked for the first time and does a spot-on “Defying Gravity” riff. You know what? We’re through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game—let’s cast Skylar Astin as Elphaba! Who’s with us?! View Comments
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Sting to Lead New York Return of The Last ShipSting will sail his short-lived Broadway musical The Last Ship back to the Big Apple for one-night-only on May 19 at The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel. The two performances of his Tony nominated score will benefit The Actors Fund, and the Grammy winner will be joined by special guest Jimmy Nail (who he replaced in the tuner in an attempt to keep it afloat). We know that those lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket will have an incredible evening up close and personal with this Englishman in New York.Rob McClure, Jason Gotay & More Set for WoodsThe MUNY Into the Woods casting just keeps getting starrier! Recent Honeymoon in Vegas headliner Rob McClure will play the Baker, with Jason Gotay as Jack, Ellen Harvey as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Andrew Samonsky as Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf, Sara Kapner as Little Red Ridinghood, Samantha Massell as Rapunzel and Michael McCormick as Mysterious Man/Cinderella’s Father in the St. Louis production July 21 through July 27. They join the previously reported Heather Headley, Erin Dilly, Ken Page and Ryan Silverman.Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick Recall Bad ReviewsNathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are currently treading the boards in It’s Only a Play and recently stopped by The Talk to chat about the show, which is set behind-the-scenes at a Broadway opening night. The legendary Tony-winning theatrical duo were asked if they remembered any of their bad reviews? Lane volunteered this description of himself: “an irrepressible force who should be forcibly repressed.” Broderick on the other hand had not been able to get this critique out of his mind: “good at first, quickly becomes cloying.” Check out the hilarious interview below and then the Terrence McNally comedy through June 7 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Star Files View Comments Something Rotten! First ListenReady to hear Shakespeare sing?! As previously reported, Something Rotten! will release a cast album digitally on June 2 and in stores on July 17. Check out below a first listen of the opening track, “Welcome to the Renaissance.” The new musical comedy, which has been nominated for 10 Tonys, is playing at the St. James Theatre. Nathan Lane
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Barrett W-W’s Good CauseSo very! Barrett Wilbert Weed (Heathers), Jennifer Damiano (Next To Normal), Laura Dreyfuss (Glee), Alex Finke (Les Miz) and more have joined forces for Broadway for UNICEF at New York hostpot The Cutting Room. All proceeds from the November 16 concert will go to UNICEF, which has mobilized the largest humanitarian operation in history in response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Under the musical direction of Chris Fenwick, the evening is also set to feature performances by Max Chernin, Blake Daniel, Elizabeth Judd, Kristolyn Lloyd, Sean Ronayne, Michael Tacconi, Meghann Fahy and Jared Loftin. Get tickets here.$45,000 Philip Seymour Hoffman Prize AwardedPlaywrights Clare Barron and Sarah DeLappe will share the American Playwriting Foundation’s The Relentless Award, which is given in honor of stage and screen legend Philip Seymour Hoffman. The pair will split a $45,000 prize and receive the most extensive national roll-out in American theater, with staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country for their plays. In Barron’s case, it’s for her work Dance Nation, a show about ambition, competition, and growing up—and how we find our souls in the heat of it all; DeLappe has penned The Wolves, a play that follows a girls indoor soccer league. Congratulations to them both!Lloyd Webber Wants You to ListenWe’ve seen and/or heard “You’re in the Band” (in 360!), “Stick it to the Man,” “Where Did the Rock Go,” and of course “Teacher’s Pet,” and now we have another track from School of Rock—The Musical, which begins previews on November 9. Check out “If Only You Would Listen” below and then Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new tuner, which will officially open on December 6 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre.
What comes next for Hamilton? Well, NBC would like to do a screen adaptation of the Broadway megahit. “I think sure, we’d love to be able to film Hamilton in some capacity but I think it would be years before they even look at a movie or any kind of film version of that show,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who also invested in the tuner (lucky man!).”It’s a thrilling theatrical experience,” E! News reports Greenblatt as going on to say. “I think it’d be a thrilling movie or television experience, and yeah, I’d love to. I think it’s unrealistic for a decade or so, but check back with me then.” In the meantime, we’ll have to focus on the network honcho’s most recent announcement, that Hairspray will be its December 2016 live telecast.As if you didn’t know already, Hamilton is playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also currently includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Jonathan Groff as King George, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. Hamilton Related Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files View Comments from $149.00