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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 13, 2020

A city man faces assault and other charges after being accused of punching a woman... and, then stabbling two of the women's relatives during a domestic incident Tuesday night.  Jamestown Police were called to a Johnson Street address shortly before 6 PM... and, found that 29 year-old Demetrius Goldsmith had hit the woman in the nose... triggering a fight between Goldsmith and the two male elatives.  Officers say Goldsmith pulled a knife, and stabbed the two men... injuring both.  Police also found the female victim had a valid order of protection against Goldsmith.  In addition to the three assault charges, he's charged with aggravated criminal contempt, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The Jamestown Police Department is welcoming a new K-9 Officer to it's force, following the unexpected passing of K-9 Promber last month.  JPD Canine Handler Officer Erik Kraft says the newest recruit is a German Shepherd named 'K-9 Kal".

Officer Kraft says the 13 month-old shepherd is originally from the Czech Repuplic... and, is mostly all black in color.  He says Kal is named in memory of Kallie Swan, who passed away a few years ago from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Kallie was the daughter of City Police Sergeant Shane Swan and his wife, Tara.  He says they were "honored" to have the K-9 given the name.  Kraft says Kallie was a fighter and K-9 Kal has all the drives to be the same way.  Following training... Officers Kraft and K-9 Kal will be on patrol sometime in October or November.  A photo is available on the department's facebook page. 

Two teens suffered minor injuries in a motor vehicle accident involving a Utility-Terrain Vehicle in the Town of Chautauqua Tuesday morning.  Sheriff's officers, county medics, and the Hartfield Fire Department responded to Dean Road shortly after 11:30 AM.  On arrival... officers say the victims -- a male and female -- both 16 -- were evaluated and taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment.  The male teen was allegedly operating the Artic Cat UTV and was charged with Speeding, Unlicensed Operator and Unregistered Motor Vehicle.  He is to appear in the Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.

There is one new confirmed case of the COVID-19 Virus in Chautauqua County... and it's a woman in her 20s.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel said Wednesday that brings the total number of cases to 262... and, 246 cases have now recovered.  No one is hospitalized... and, seven cases are now active.  Wendel says 97 cases are under local quarantine or isolation orders, and another 1,205 persons are under the "domestic traveler quarantine" for having arrived here from a state listed on New York's travel advisory. 

The process of inteviewing the more than 80 people who have applied to be on the soon-to-be revived Jamestown Human Rights Commission is underway.  That from Mayor Eddie Sundquist... who says that got underway yesterday.  Sundquist is looking for a dozen people to serve on the panel... which will work to foster better relations between the city and minority communities.

Sundquist decided to re-start the panel after attending one of June's Black Lives Matter protests in Dow Park.  He says they will proceed slowly and deliberately to bring the commission back on-line.  He adds those members who are affiliated with other groups -- such as the Jamestown Justice Coalition -- will be urged to retain those ties so issues can be brought directly to the commission.  Sundquist and retired Police Chief Harry Snellings were among those people who addressed the protesters at the first gathering held in response to the Police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  The local protests were organized by the Justice Coalition.  

First responders in the city of Dunkirk are reminding swimmers and kayakers alike to stay away from the cliffs near Point Gratiot and Battery Point.  Fire Chief Mike Edwards says they have seen an increase in calls for assistance... including last Sunday's incident near Point Gratiot.

This summer alone... Edwards says the department has responded to five calls near the Point Gratiot cliffs.  Besides the cliffs... he says there are other trouble spots for swimmers and water craft in the waterfront area... including Battery Point, and Wright Park.  He urges people to stay away from those areas.  Edwards is advising people to swim in designated areas and to never swim alone.

New York Attorney General Letitia James charges that one of the country's largest egg producers illegally inflated prices when the pandemic hit New York, charging up to four times more per carton.  James claims that in March and April, Hillandale Farms price gouged more than four million cartons of eggs sold to grocery store chains, U.S. military facilities and wholesale food distributors.  The lawsuit seeks restitution for consumers.  Hillandale says it's prepared to defend against the allegations in court.  The company said the pandemic caused a massive disruption in every sector of the economy, including the egg industry.