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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 16, 2020

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident involving a tractor in the Town of Charlotte.  

Deputies say they were called to a personal injury accident Wednesday night on Charlotte Center Road and a tractor hauling a manure spreader was traveling south when a pick-up truck reportedly struck the back of the spreader.  Officers say the unidentified male driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. Local fire departments and the Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction Team assisted police. 

The Jamestown public school's top nurse is urging parents to keep track of their children's health after two cases of Whooping Cough in the high school were confirmed, along with several others of the flu.  

District Nurse Practitioner Jill Muntz says they were notified Tuesday that the two students had been identified by the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department and, says the appropriate notifications have been made.  However, Muntz says most students who were in close proximity to those students have no symptoms.

Muntz says the symptoms of Whooping Cough can begin like a mild cold.  It's then followed by severe coughing fits.  If necessary, she says there is a vaccine to protect against it.  Muntz adds that there are siblings involved, so don't assume it's been stopped.  She says they can't always account for each exposure to the illness.  She says anyone with a severe cough should stay home from work or school.  She adds that flu cases in New York are way up, so use good hand-washing, cover your cough or sneeze, wash your hands often and, if you're sick, stay home.

City police are continuing to investigate a report of shots-fired on Jamestown's eastside about mid-evening Tuesday.  

The Post-Journal reports police received multiple calls about shots being fired in the area of Falconer and Thayer Streets about 9 PM.  Police say further investigation revealed that the shots had been fired towards a vacant house at 112 Thayer Street.  One round reportedly struck the home, but no one was hurt.  Anyone with information is asked to call Jamestown Police at 483-7537, leave an anonymous tip at 483-TIPS, or use the Tips 4-1-1 cell phone app. 

The Jamestown Police Department is already falling behind on getting evidence processed and to prosecutors under the new 15-day Discovery law in New York state.  
That from Police Chief Harry Snellings, who says his department actually began implementing the new rules last December to get a better "feel" for the law once it took effect January 1st.  Snellings updated City Council on the matter at this week's work session.  He says even with the one-month trial run, they've struggled with getting both physical and digital evidence.

Snellings also updated council on the replacement of several downtown surveillance cameras through the city's I-T Manager.  He adds that Mark Dean is also working with them to get four new cameras installed.  Snellings says two of the proposed locations for the new cameras are Third and Main Streets and, Second and Buffalo Streets.  He also says they had 159 arrests in the month of December and adds that's "a lot of processing" his department has had to do.

The state's criminal justice reforms have now been in effect for about two weeks, but other local law enforcement officials are also noticing some impacts on the system.  

hautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says one of the biggest changes has been with the inmate population at the County Jail in Mayville, where the numbers have been falling.  Quattrone says it may be difficult to pin it directly to bail reform.

The changes in discovery are already impacting the Sheriff's Office, as they struggle to comply with the requirements.  Quattrone says they are falling behind in getting records that have to be submitted to prosecutors in a timely fashion due to the new 15-day requirement.  He says they are looking at ways to speed up the process, including the use of more electronic field reporting.  The office is also in the process of filling a new operations assistant’s position.  But, Quattrone questions whether they will ever be able to catch up.