WJTN News Headlines for June 25, 2020

A Falconer man faces several charges including two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly violating an order of protection and shooting a gun during a dispute. State Police responded to a residence in the Village on Monday.... and, learned 24 year-old Christian Powell broke several items in the home and punched holes in the walls. Troopers say Powell also shot two-rounds from a rifle while inside. The incident occurred in front of the protected victim and two young children.  Troopers say Powell resisted arrest before taken into custody, where he allegedly struck the drywall in the patrol room causing damage. He was sent to the County Jail on additional charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief.... menacing and criminal contempt. 

The Chautauqua County Legislature has given the go ahead for removing the in-ground fuel system at Dunkirk Airport.  The action was taken during Wednesday evening's meeting held by video conference.  Legislator Bob Bankoski from Dunkirk feels the former fixed based operator should have handled the removal.

Legislators also approved a resolution authorizing landfill renewable natural gas agreements with Chautauqua Green Energy LLC.  And lawmakers passed a motion calling on New York State to release enhanced federal Medicaid matching funds to counties and New York City. 

There are three new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County today and, all three are in their 20s.  County Executive P-J Wendel says two are women, while the third is a man.  Wendel says that brings the total number since the pandemic began to 123 and nine of those are now active.  He adds that 107 cases have now recovered, while 113 others are under quarantine or isolation orders, and are being monitored.  Wendel says there have now been 13,038 negative test results to date.

Local Congressman Tom Reed will be part of a subcommittee hearing tomorrow on the way New York state handled nursing home residents who tested positive for the coronavirus.  Reed adds that he's also appalled that Governor Andrew Cuomo may again have those residents returned to their care facility before they've fully recovered -- if there's a second-wave of COVID.  The Corning Republican says -- during a network news appearance Tuesday -- Cuomo reiterated that he felt he did the right thing.

It's estimated that at least 6,000 nursing home residents in the state died because of that directive.  Reed says the Ways and Means Subcommittee won't just look at New York, though because the problem needs to be addressed.  He says there were some nursing home, and other officials who sounded the alarm over such an order... but, they weren't listened to.  He says it took Cuomo 46 days to reverse course on the nursing home order.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone news conference with regional media.

 There is some good news regarding a resident with a "presumptive case" of the COVID-19 virus in one of the Heritage Ministries nursing homes.  Vice-President of Development and Communications, Sallie Williams, says that Heritage Park resident has since tested negative -- twice -- for the virus... and is back in their room, and in the general population.  The presumptive case was announced last week after the most recent COVID testing.  Williams says they have again closed their COVID unit... and, they're next testing of residents will be next Monday, June 29th.

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will now require visitors from other states with high COVID-19 infection rates to quarantine for 14 days.  New York's Andrew Cuomo announced the ``travel advisory'' Wednesday at a briefing with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont via Zoom conference.  Cuomo says the Democratic governor's have seen their numbers continuing to fall and they want to keep it that way.

Cuomo said visitors from states over a set infection rate will have to quarantine.  As of Wednesday, states over the threshold included Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.  Meantime, Cuomo says five regions of the state are ready for Phase-Four reopening on Friday.  However, that will not include malls, gyms and movie theaters, at least for now. Cuomo says Phase-Four will include low-risk outdoor and indoor arts, museums, film and movie production, higher education, and professional sports.