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WJTN News Headlines for Aug 20, 2020

Jamestown police are investigating a case of vandalism involving anti-police slogans being painted on the sidewalk in front of a home on Arlington Avenue.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the incidents are believe to have occured sometime between 8 PM Tuesday... and, 8:15 AM Wednesday.  Samuelson says someone used black spray paint to write several anti-law enforcement sentiments onto the walkway of a home that had a Police Flag displayed in the yard... as well as the roadway nearby.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call JPD at 483-7537 -- their Tips Line at 483-TIPS -- or via the Tips 411 App. 
Late Wednesday... Mayor Eddie Sundquist said his office had been made away of "hateful spray paint activity at an Arlington Avenue property..." and adds "we don't condone this type of activity."  He also urged anyone with information to call city police.

A two-car accident at an intersection on Jamestown's westside yesterday morning left a perimeter brick wall rock fixture at the Prendergast Library damaged.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers confirm city police were called to the scene at West Fifth and Washington Streets around 9:45 AM after an SUV and sedan collided near the intersection.  Officers report the SUV also struck the outside wall of the library, knocking a rock fixture off it's stand.  Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.  No serious injuries were reported. 

The November election is less than 80 days away... and, local State Senator George Borrello says he's written to Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging him not to make any last minute changes to the voting process.  Borrello cited concerns of elections officials who testified during a joint legislative hearing held last week on the June primary... and, discussed the idea of including return 'postage-paid' envelops with each absentee ballot requested.  Borrello says even small changes like that is problematic.  Borrello says he's worried that the general election could be even "more chaotic" with 11th-hour changes.  The Sunset Bay Republican says he has not had a response from Cuomo.

Three new cases of cornoavirus were reported Wednesday in Chautauqua County... including a man and woman in their 20s... and, a man in his 50s.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says there are current 14 active cases that continue to recover... and, there have now been 277 confirmed cases.  Wendel says 254 people have now recovered... while one person is hospitalized.  He says 110 cases are under quarantine or isolation orders... and, 1,122 people in "domestic traveler quaratine" after arriving from one of the states on New York's travel advisory. 

Bowling alleys were allowed to reopen on Monday... and the Greater Jamestown-area's largest bowling center will officially reopen today from the COVID-19 shut-down.  However... it's still not known how leagues will be able to resume this Fall.  That from Jamestown Bowling Company owner and proprietor Jim Mee... who says they will open for the first time from Noon to 6 PM today for open bowling.  Mee says they'll be stictly following reopening guidelines set by the state... including sanitizing alley shoes.

JBC's Gametime Sports Bar and Grill has been open for a few weeks now... at 50-percent capacity.  Mee says the big unknown right now is what to do with bowling leagues.  He says if they are limited to people bowling on one lane per pair... large leagues may have to bowl in "shifts."  Mee says he's hoping to get more guidance from the state by later today.

The Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth has completed a year-long process to develop a comprehensive County-wide Economic Development Strategic Plan.  Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, Mark Geise, says more than 115 individual partners were involved in creating the plan... which was presented Wednesday via videoconference.  Geise says it includes "dozens of core strategies and five 'game changing' initiatives."  He says the top priorities include: Preparing adequate sites for development; building new housing units; preparing a skilled workforce; increasing visitation by leveraging tourism assets; and investing in the County's core communities to enhance the tax base.  Geise says the draft document was recently re-worked to include a COVID-19 resiliency framework that the Board and other partners will use to guide the process of economic recovery.  He adds "it's a new way of doing business, and we have a real opportunity to change the trajectory of our county."

The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry has passed a 'major hurdle' on the way to getting the vessel back in the water and carrying traffic once again on Chautauqua Lake.  Co-President Jay Kuntz with the group that owns the vessel, says repair work on an 8-by-13 foot section of the hull got the approval of state inspectors Tuesday.

That major repair led the Sea Lion Limited Group to pull the ferry out of the water earlier this summer at the Stow side of the lake. Kuntz says the ferry will go back in the water right around Labor Day... but additional work and inspections will be needed before the public can be welcomed on board.  He says it's disappointing they won't be opened to the public this year... but, he says with what's been accomplished this year will hopefully lead to a re-start of operations in 2021.  Kuntz adds they need 1,700 pieces of treated lumber... nine tons of it... to rebuild the deck.