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A Jamestown woman was arrested on four-counts of child endangerment after city police were called for a child wandering in the street Thursday afternoon. Officers say the investigation occurred in the area of Burtch Street, when multiple people reported the 3-year-old was allegedly wandering alone for at least an hour. Police were able to locate the mother -- 27 year-old Linda Troutman -- insider her residence.... and, found the home in deplorable conditions with dog feces on the ground, soiled diapers, rotten food and other garbage. Besides the toddler, officers found a 7-year-old and 8-year-old in the home. Linda Troutman was taken into custody and is being held pending arraignment. The children were released to a family member. 

A historic hotel along Chautauqua Lake celebrating it's 140th year will be closing for the rest of the summer following the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Hotel Lenhart Owner Bebe Johnston confirms for Media One Radio that they will be closing for the Summer season on Monday due to COVID-19 restrictions, and a desire to keep employees and visitors safe.  She says it's difficult, with a seasonal operation, to comply with state and federal guidelines.  However... Johnston says they hope to reopen next Summer.  She says they are honoring reservations for this weekend... but, only the bar will remain open... starting next Monday.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is underway for many... and, as usual... the watchword for the weekend is safety.  That's taken on some added meaning this year with the coronavirus still being around, and causing many issues in the south and western United States.  Otherwise... Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says they'll again have added patrols on both land and water.

Quattrone says the added patrols will be focusing on "aggressive driving..." along with distracted and impaired driving.  Since the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday... the national holiday observance is today.


A Silver Creek man wanted in Florida for intending to kill someone they assaulted has been arrested by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department following a stand-off.  Sheriff Jim Quattrone says 38-year-old Timothy Winford was taken into custody after an over two-hour long incident Thursday at 15 Elm Street.

Quattrone says he is pleased that the standoff ended peacefully about 1:30 PM… and, with the number of people, including the department's Crisis Negotiation Team... they were able to de-escalate the situation.  Winford was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail to await extradition to Florida.  A shelter in place was issued for the village while the standoff occurred.

 
Warren County, Pennsylvania announced their first COVID-related death, however officials say the person did not die in the county. The Times-Observor says the P-A Department of Health lists one death among the statistics for Warren, but they are based on a person's residence and not necessarily where they contracted the virus. County Commissioner Ben Kafferlin and County Coroner Melissa Zydonik confirmed the information. Zydonik says she is working with other counties to get more information about the case. The newspaper reports 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19.... 2 probable cases..... and, 719 negative test results as of Thursday. 

A Jamestown woman was charged with three-counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly trying to run a woman over during an overnight domestic dispute. City police were called to the area of Bush and Bowen Streets shortly after 1 AM .... and, stopped the suspect red sedan that was trying to flee the scene. Officers identified the driver as 27 year-old Samantha Gonzalez, who was found to be intoxicated. Further investigation revealed Gonzalez struck two other vehicles with her sedan during the fight. She was taken into custody on additional charges of DWI... endangering the welfare of a child... two-counts of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and failure to stop at a stop sign. City police also arrested 33 year-old James Jackson, of Buffalo, for third-degree assault for allegedly striking a female victim. Both are being held pending arraignment.

Chautauqua County entered Phase-Four of New York Reopening from the coronavirus shut-down earlier this week.  But... what of businesses that haven't been allowed to reopen yet?  That question is being raised by Interim County Executive P-J Wendel... who says he has written Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging him to consider a Phase-Five and even Phase-Six if necessary to eventually get a businesses open.  Wendel adds that he also brought up the subject up during Wednesday's meeting of the Western New York Region Control Room.

Cuomo has recently said he wants a further look at air conditioning filtration systems before reopening malls and movie theaters.  He also wants school districts to get their reopening plans together for the Fall.  Wendel says there also remain questions over vistations to hospital, and nursing home facilities... and, those need to be addressed.  Under Phase-Four... low-risk indoor arts and entertainment are being allowed to reopen... including the National Comedy Center, and the Robert H. Jackson Center.  Wendel says those reopenings are good news. 

For the second-day in a row... there have been no new cases of the COVID-19 Virus reported in Chautauqua County yesterday.  County Executive P-J Wendel says the Health Department reports there are still six active cases... with 118 people having now recovered.  Wendel adds there have been 131 confirmed cases in the county... and 100 cases are currently under quaratine or isolation orders.  No one is hospitalized... while 15,262 negative test results have been reported to date.


After having done more than 12,500 coronavirus tests, the Cattaraugus County Health Department is beginning to scale back its COVID-19 operations.  That from Public Health Director Kevin Watkins during his report to the county's Board of Health Wednesday.  On the department's Facebook page... Watkins says the reason is due to a "decreasing interest in testing by the public."  However... he says Olean General Hospital will begin pre-operative testing on July 6th... and, the health department will still conduct other testing.  Watkins also added that local officials are setting their sights on the next wave of COVID-19, which he said was more likely with the explosion of coronavirus in the South and West. 

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