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 Matt Hummel / WNYNewsNow.MAYVILLE – A Conewango man who plead guilty to sexually assaulting two women in Jamestown was sentenced Monday morning in Chautauqua County Court.Dennis Park, 35, was sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison with 25 years of post-release supervision.The Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office represented Park during the case. The office, during sentencing, said that Park has apologized for his actions while adding that he didn’t place blame on anyone but himself.“What I did was heinous,” Park himself stated before asking his victims for forgiveness during the sentencing. Judge David Foley, who presided over the case, says that he wanted to remain with an 18-year-sentence that he committed to following Park’s plea, but he “probably” should have sentenced Park to more jail time based on the allegations in the indictment, along with Park’s previous criminal history.WNYNewsNow’s Matt Hummel spoke with Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson following the sentencing. Swanson says he’s pleased with the outcome.“When you can get a guilty plea for that substantial amount of time, you’re pleased, you feel like you’ve accomplished what you wanted to for your victims, and this man will either be in state prison or civilly confined for a long, long time,” Swanson said. Swanson says, despite Foley’s statement on the sentencing, he remains satisfied with the sentence.“Eighteen years is a significant period of time, and with the particular offenses and Mr. Park’s history, the Attorney General’s Office would, I assume, be considering holding him civily,” Swanson said. “The prospect of him staying under the control of the state, and not able to do this to anyone else, I think is very real and it’s going to extend past the 18 years.”Swanson says the Attorney General’s Office solely handles the civil confinement matters, but they’ll typically consult with the District Attorney’s Office when reviewing the case.“Given Mr. Park’s history, there’s a substantial chance (they hold him civily). In fact, it’s our expectation that they will hold him beyond that 18 years if they deem him to be a danger,” Swanson stated. “Considering he’s a repeat offender, I would suspect that that consideration is likely.”WNYNewsNow reached out to Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone for comment, but he hasn’t returned our phone call as of 11:25 a.m.Park previously plead guilty to first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act stemming from two incidents that occurred in July 2018.The pleas were entered before Park’s second trial attempt. In August, the first attempt to prosecute was declared a mistrial.Police say Park sexually assaulted a woman at knife-point during an incident near a laundromat on Marion Street. He also plead guilty to a similar act behind a Jamestown factory.According to the New York State Correctional Database, Park previously served time in the Gowanda Correctional Facility for first-degree rape.
MGN ImageWASHINGTON – Another 1.3 million Americans filed first-time jobless claims last week.The Labor Department released those numbers Thursday morning.It comes nearly four months after the Coronavirus pandemic started wreaking havoc on the economy.Weekly first-time unemployment applications hit their peak in the last week of March. Since then, those applications have been on the decline for more than three months, but unemployment is still high.Continued claims were at more than 17.3 million for the week ending July 4 down 422,000 from the previous week. Continued claims are people who have filed claims for at least two weeks in a row.June’s unemployment rate was 11.1 percent, the highest since World War II. 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)
Star Files The Heidi Chronicles View Comments Bryce Pinkham The Heidi Chronicles is coming to Broadway’s Music Box Theatre beginning February 23, 2015, and if this adorable photo is any indication, new co-stars Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs and Bryce Pinkham are already fast friends! After a photo shoot for the new production, the trio posted this adorable selfie on the show’s Instagram account. Aww, could you guys be any cuter? See them in The Heidi Chronicles, opening officially on March 19, 2015! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Related Shows
Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015 I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard View Comments Related Shows I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, starring Tony nominee Reed Birney and Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin, officially opens on January 20. The show, which explores the eternal struggle of parents and kids finding common ground, is written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Trip Cullman.The Atlantic Theater Company production follows Ella (Gilpin), a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David (Birney) proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut…and things unravel from there.The world premiere will play a limited engagement through February 15 at Atlantic Stage 2. Star Files Reed Birney
“I am part of a large club of theater lovers who were changed by this show, who passionately believe that Falsettos is ‘our show.’ I can’t wait to have our show on Broadway again,” producer Jordan Roth said in a statement. The musical follows Marvin who struggles to create a “tight knit family” out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist, and his neighbors). Amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man. Finn took home the 1993 Tony Award for Best Score and shared Best Book with Lapine for the 1992 production. The cast included Michael Rupert as Marvin, as well as Chip Zien, Carolee Carmello, Barbara Walsh, Heather MacRae, Jonathan Kaplan and Stephen Bogardus. Falsettos—the much-loved musical by William Finn and James Lapine, will return to Broadway! The landmark tuner will play the Great White Way in spring 2016. Further information, including dates, casting and additional creative team, will be announced later. Lapine, who directed the original production, will return to direct the revival. 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. Related Shows Hand to God The cast includes Steven Boyer, Marc Kudisch, Geneva Carr, Sarah Stiles and Michael Oberholtzer. All five appeared in the original MCC Theater off-Broadway production last year. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments Hallelujah (or something!?)! Hand to God begins performances at Broadway’s Booth Theatre on March 14. Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs the new play by Robert Askins, which will officially open on April 7.
View Comments While Broadway slows down after the Tony Awards in June, London rolls merrily along, both on and off the West End. This month’s highlights include a stage musical premiere adapted from Keira Knightley’s career-making film, the National Theatre debut of the Broadway play with the famously unprintable title, and a hefty spate of the classics. Oh—and some Gershwin music, too!JUNE 1-7It’s All Greek to Them: North London’s ever-adventurous Almeida Theatre kicks off a three-play sequence of Greek classics with a new production of Aeschylus’ epic dynastic tragedy Oresteia, in a new version from director Robert Icke starring Lia Williams, who co-starred in Broadway’s first Skylight some 19 years ago. Opening night is June 5 of what promises to be a long but also soul-stirring evening.ALSO: It’s the first full post-opening week of the Donmar premiere of Steve Waters’ new play Temple, set during the 2011 Occupy demonstrations in London and starring the great Simon Russell Beale. June 7 sees the end of the acclaimed staging at Shakespeare’s Globe of The Merchant of Venice, starring two-time Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce as Shylock opposite his real-life daughter Phoebe Pryce playing his onstage daughter, Jessica.JUNE 8-14‘S Wonderful: We’ll find out if the song rings true on June 10 when the Chichester Festival Theatre south of London premieres director-choreographer Rob Ashford’s latest venture A Damsel in Distress, which combines a literary source in the ever-so-English P.G. Wodehouse with music from the deeply American George and Ira Gershwin. The starry cast is headed by Richard Fleeshman (Ghost), Summer Strallen (Top Hat), and Sally Ann Triplett (The Last Ship): can the West End be far behind?ALSO: The Royal Court’s intense-sounding Violence and Son, written by Gary Owen and directed by Hamish Pirie, opens June 8. The Barbican’s festival of work from Irish great Samuel Beckett sees a full and final week of performances of the Sydney Theatre Company production of Waiting for Godot, with Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh starring under the direction of Andrew Upton (who also happens to be Cate Blanchett’s husband).JUNE 15-21What’s In a Name: The scabrous title of the 2011 Broadway play The Motherf**ker with the Hat may have sent newspaper copy desks into a tizzy, but Stephen Adly Guirgis’ black comedy has kept both its name as well as New York cast member Yul Vazquez for the play’s British premiere opening June 17 at the National’s Lyttelton auditorium. Indhu Rubasingham directs this time around.ALSO: Final performances June 20 of both Sunspots, David Lewis’s play about star-gazing and sun-bathing at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, and Just Jim Dale, the Tony-winning Englishman’s canter through his life and art: last summer’s off-Broadway hit will complete a month-long West End run at the Vaudeville Theatre.JUNE 22-28Bend & Snap: The song from the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde wouldn’t be out of place in Bend it Like Beckham, the latest hit film to get the stage treatment. Lauren Samuels plays Jules, the part taken onscreen by Keira Knightley in 2002, with Natalie Dew as the football-mad Jess and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha is on hand to direct the show, with a score by Howard Goodall (music) and Charles Hart (lyrics). Opening night is June 25 at the Phoenix Theatre.ALSO: June 22 marks the opening night of Luna Gale at the Hampstead Theatre, written by American scribe Rebecca Gilman, directed by Michael Attenborough and starring Sharon Small and Corey Johnson. The starry West End revival of American Buffalo, starring Damian Lewis, Tom Sturridge, and John Goodman, and the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of Communicating Doors, with Rachel Tucker (Wicked, The Last Ship) distinguishing herself in a non-musical role, both play their final performances June 27.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Shows View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inch headliner Taye Diggs, complete with glittered nails, stopped by The Today Show to chat with Hoda Kotb and Matt Lauer about taking on the infamous East German transgender rock star. “It’s the role of a lifetime,” he said. “I can’t imagine I’ll ever be challenged like this again.” It’s not his only demanding and rewarding role, though. Of raising five-year-old Walker, the stage and screen favorite says he can’t get enough of “when he falls asleep in my arms and I have to walk him to the bedroom.” Adolescents falling asleep? Adorable. Audience members falling asleep? Not so much. Take a look below to see what Diggs did to a snoozing theatergoer, and catch him at the Belasco Theatre through October 11. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015
Following the short-lived Doctor Zhivago earlier this year, the Broadway Theatre has made a more promising match with Fiddler on the Roof. The revival, directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Danny Burstein, ended its third consecutive week of previews over the $1 million mark, taking in $1,047,622. While it has taken a dip with each report (the more notable being following a particularly gangbusters Thanksgiving), we expect its numbers to plateau comfortably over seven figures for some time as buzz develops further. Opening night is set for December 20. Meanwhile, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical took in its highest gross since May, making $1,347,047 and appearing in the top five by capacity. China Doll is beginning to see the effects of less-than-positive feedback with a downtick of nearly $200 thousand since last week. While it dipped below the seven-figure line, it still made 96% of its potential.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending December 13:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,008,986)2. Wicked ($1,732,290)3. Hamilton ($1,639,634)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,593,849)5. Aladdin ($1,586,494)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Gin Game ($356,745)*4. Sylvia ($284,988)3. Fool for Love ($250,127)*2. Hand to God ($192,647)1. Dames at Sea ($116,501)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.16%)2. Hamilton (101.50%)3. The Color Purple (99.55%)**4. The Lion King (98.69%)5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (97.83%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Thérèse Raquin (61.35%)4. Allegiance (58.66%)3. Hand to God (54.45%)2. Dames at Sea (45.73%)1. Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (38.98%)* Number based on seven regular performances**Number based on four preview performances and four regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments
Fully Committed Looks like the restaurant in Fully Committed serves Pinot Noir and whole-grain, low-fat muffin tops. Jeff Richmond, whose previous scores include 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (both created by his wife Tina Fey), will pen original music for the play’s Broadway bow.Jesse Tyler Ferguson will star in the one-man comedy by Becky Mode. Performances will now begin on April 1 (instead of April 2) at the Lyceum Theatre, where it will run through July 24. Opening night remains set for April 25. Jason Moore will direct.While this will mark Richmond’s Broadway debut, he also has another musical score in the works: the stage adaptation of Mean Girls. His memorable tunes from previous projects include “Muffin Top,” “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,” “Daddy’s Boy” and— sing it with us—“Peeno Noir.”In addition to Richmond, Darron L West joins the creative team as sound designer, stepping in for the previously announced Jill BC Du Boff.For this new production, playwright Becky Mode has updated the play to reflect today’s foodie and restaurant culture. Ferguson takes on the role of Sam, who works the red‐hot reservation line at one of New York’s trendiest restaurants, plus dozens of desperate callers. The show originally played off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in 1999 before heading to the Cherry Lane Theatre. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Jeff Richmond(Photo: Bruce Glikas)