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WJTN News Headlines for Aug 12, 2020

Two teenagers sustained minor injuries in a motor vehicle accident involving a Utility Terrain Vehicle in the Town of Chautauqua yesterday morning. Sheriff's Deputies along side county medics and the Hartfield Fire Department responded to Dean Road shortly after 11:30 AM. On arrival... officers say the victims -- a 16 year-old male and female -- were evaluated and transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment.  The male teen was allegedly the Artic Cat UTV operator and was ticketed for Speeding, Unlicensed Operator and Unregistered Motor Vehicle. He is to appear in the Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.

City police are asking the public's help in finding a 14 year-old girl from Jamestown, after being reported missing back in mid-February. Juvenile detectives say Gianna has not been found nor returned home... but, add she has a history of running away.  She's been reported having run away multiple times over the past several years -- including last October.  The missing girl has reportedly been in contact with her family via Social Media... and, she is still believed to be in the area.  Anyone who may know Gianna's whereabouts is asked to call JPD at 483-7537, or an anonymous tip can be left at 483-Tips... that's 483-8477.  You can also contact their Tips 411 App. 

The Jamestown City Council will consider a proposal later this month to buy 20 more body cameras for the police department from the company they bought their original 44 cameras from.  Acting Police Chief Tim Jackson says he's looked into purchasing the cameras from Safety Vision Cameras after seeing the $86,000 cost come in from Panasonic.  Jackson told Public Safety Committee Chairman Brent Sheldon Jackson that Safety Vision's cameras were a good option.

Jackson looked into the additional body cameras after Councilman Jeff Russell -- a retired JPD Officer -- called for body cameras for investigators who aren't working undercover.  Lawmakers asked if there were grants available to help pay for the cameras.  Councilwoman Kim Ecklund says retired Chief Harry Snellings looked into it for the initial purchases... but, there wasn't any.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says there won't be any this year or next, either.  He says they are looking to use contingency funds... or possibly Drug Asset Forefeiture monies. 

Six juveniles were detained early Tuesday morning after the 17 year-old driver from Ohio allegedly led police on a car chase across the north county in a stolen vehicle.  Sheriff's officers say a patrol spotted the speeding vehicle on Routes 5 and 20 in the town of Hanover just before 3 AM... and, attempted to stop it.  Deputies say the car sped off westbound... but, officers were able to check the registration... and, found it had been stolen in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Deputies say the car continued through the village of Silver Creek and into the town of Westfield where spike strips were deployed to flatten the car's tires.  Deputies found took the six young occupants to the Sheriff's Office where their families were contacted.  The driver was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  One of the teens was a 15 year-old girl who was reported as a runaway from Pittsburgh.

The Audubon Community Nature Center, on Riverside Road near Frewsburg, will offer the first in a series of programs about butterflies tonight (Wednesday) at 6 o'clock.  The program will be led by Senior Nature Educator, Jeff Tome. There's a nominal fee for the event.  Tonight's class is a prelude to a week's worth of butterfly related programs at the end of the month.  More information and signups are available at the website or by calling 569-2345.