WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 9, 2020

A Gerry man faces numerous charges following a high-speed car chase last Saturday night that started in the city of Jamestown and, went through three other south county towns.  

Sheriff's officers were called to assist Jamestown Police in finding a vehicle involved in an alleged altercation.  Deputies found the suspect vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed away from the city on Allen Street.  But, the driver failed to comply with lights and sirens and increased his speed.  The pursuit continued on to the towns of Ellicott, Poland, and Gerry before officers successfully laid down spike strips to stop the car.  Deputies arrested 32 year-old Aaron Monroe, who was found to be driving while intoxicated.  Monroe faces charges including DWI, failure to comply, two counts of Speed in Zone, failure to stop at Stop Sign, and three counts of Failure to Use Designated Lane.  He was issued appearance tickets for all three towns involved and, was turned over to the Jamestown Police to answer to charges stemming from the original incident.

Fire has destroyed a farmhouse in Warren County, Pennsylvania's Farmington Township, just south of the New York state line.  

Lander firefighters were called to the scene at 66-55 Miller Hill Road just after 10 AM Saturday.  Fire Chief Mike Chase says a passer-by called in the alarm and, says first arriving crews attempted an interior attack, but turned back because the floor was burned-out. 

Chase says more than 10 local departments from Warren and Chautauqua Counties responded to the scene, many of them bringing water to the scene where a temporary pond was set up to provide water for the exterior attack.  It took nearly three-hours to bring the blaze under control.  One firefighter suffered a leg injury.  A Pennsylvania fire marshall was called in to look for the cause of the blaze.  The family is being helped by the local Red Cross.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said late Sunday that 105 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state.  

That's up from 89 on Saturday, when Cuomo declared a state of emergency to clear the way for more testing, purchases of more supplies and hiring of more workers.  The largest concentration of cases in New York is in suburban Westchester County just north of New York City.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city could have hundreds of cases over the next few weeks.

Health officials in Pennsylvania have announced two more presumptive cases of the new coronavirus, making a total of six in the commonwealth so far. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said the two new cases announced Sunday are in adults in Montgomery County, in addition to two other Montgomery County cases announced Saturday. All four are described as having mild symptoms and are in isolation at home. On Friday, officials confirmed the first two cases, one adult in Delaware County and one in northeastern Pennsylvania's Wayne County, both also described as mild cases of people in isolation in their homes.

New York's Junior U-S Senator says she's pleased that the recently approved $8.3-billion funding bill to combat coronavirus includes funding for local Community Health Centers.  

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says she wants to use $100-million of that for the centers to use for emergencies, including the coronavirus outbreak.  Gillibrand says they are a "direct link" between federal recources and, local communities.

Gillibrand says Community Health Centers are "essential" to the health care safety net... and, provide a direct link to the Centers for Disease Control, and it's resources.  In addition, she is urging Congress to provide future funding for a Community Health Center Preparedness Program which CHC’s would be able to use in emergencies.  Gillibrand says the funding would allow for center's to be adequately staffed, and testing for those who need it.  However, Gillibrand says -- unlike hospitals -- these vital health care resources have no dedicated source of federal funding for emergency preparedness.  She's urging Congress to provide long term and stable funding so these critical programs can be adequately prepared for public health emergencies.