WJTN News Headlines for May 27, 2020

A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly breaking into a home and stabbing a person on the city's eastside Tuesday afternoon. Officers were called to the scene on East 8th Street... and, found the unidentified victim with multiple stab wounds.  Police say the person was transported to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Further investigation found 44 year-old William Buckley unlawfully entered the residence and allegedly started an altercation with the victim, prior to stabbing them. Buckley was located and taken into custody for second-degree assault and first-degree burglary. 

Four men from Jamestown were seriously hurt in a single-car accident late yesterday morning on Route 394 near the Chautauqua Institution Maintenance Garage.  County fire dispatchers say deputies and local fire rescue crews were called to the scene just before 11:30 AM.   Deputies say the driver, 21 year-old James Meuker, was initially taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital before being transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Two passengers were flown directly to Hamot... while one passenger was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for evaluation.  All three passengers... identified as Samuel McQueen, Michael Brightman, and Jacob Surrena... are also from Jamestown.  Officers say the investigation is continuing.  Route 394 in that area was down to one-lane while the scene was cleared.

A one-car crash in the Cattaraugus County Town of Farmersville claimed the life of a Rushford man last Saturday morning.  State Police in Amity say they were called to scene shortly after 6:30 AM on Hess Road... and, learned that an older model SUV was eastbond when it left the roadway and overturned.  Troopers identified the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle as 27 year-old Michael Blakeslee... who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

We didn't set any temperature records here in the Jamestown-area Tuesday... but, it was a record-setting day in Buffalo.  The temperature reached 93-degrees late yesterday afternoon.  The National Weather Service reports that broke the old record of 88 in 1944.  Meteorologist Dan Kelly earlier in the day said that Jamestown was not expected to set a record.  Kelly says we'll low-80s today, then cooler temperatures from this point on.

By... Sunday... Kelly says we'll drop to about 60 for a high.  The weather service says today's high at the Jamestown-Airport was 85.  It reached 88 here at Media One.  Kelly says the warmth of the past two days is due to high pressure to our west is bringing a southerly flow northward.  Kelly says the warmth follows a much colder pattern -- that included some record lows for this time of year -- some 10 days ago.  He says we're in what's called an "amplified weather pattern" that exaggerates both cold and warm weather.  

There are now 77 total confirmed case of the COVID-19 Virus in Chautauqua County after two more were added Tuesday.  County Executive P-J Wendel says the new cases are both men... one in his 60s, and the other in his 80s.  Wendel says there are now 21 active cases, with two of them hospitalized.  There are now 254 cases under quarantine or isolation orders... and, there have been just over 2,500 negative test results so far.

All of upstate New York has now entered Phase-One reopening from the coronavirus shut-down... as the Mid-Hudson Region was given the go-ahead to reopen Tuesday.  Governor Andrew Cuomo adds that important for each Regional Control Room to locate hot spots... and, put them out when the COVID-19 Virus flares up.  Cuomo also addressed the need to get the economy going again.

Cuomo says he feels the government can have a roll in that by taking on major infrastructure upgrades while transportation volumes are down.  He says it's a way to improve those systems, and stimulate the economy and create jobs.  Cuomo says every president the past 20-plus years has talked about the need for infrastructure improvements... but, he feels the time for action is now.  The governor was on hand to "ring the bell" to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange this morning.

After having all staff in their skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities test negative for COVID-19... Heritage Ministries is announcing that they will begin taking new admissions starting today.  Chief Clinical Officer Jeremy Rutter says they had originally ceased all admissions -- effective a week ago -- in response to the new state mandate to test all nursing home employees twice-a-week for the virus.  Earlier... Rutter told us they were going to use various means of testing.

Rutter says "the 100-percent negative employee test rate is a direct reflection of the hard work, dedication, and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines by all of our Heritage staff members."  He says they have told local hospitals and all referring partners that they are taking new admissions again.

There will be a limited, in-person season at the Lily Dale Assembly near Cassadaga this Summer.  In a printed release... the board of directors at the spiritualist retreat say they did much deliberation before reaching the decision.  The Assembly remains closed by law to the public... but, their guest houses, businesses and eateries are allowed to be open.  The release says they are now operating a "gate system" to keep their community both "closed and safe."  The Lily Dale season begins on June 26th... and, they will limit the number of visitors to 80 per day.  Daytime hours will be limited to 10 AM to 5:30 PM.