WJTN News Headlines for AUG 26, 2020

A Jamestown woman faces charges for allegedly threatening people with a knife Monday afternoon. City police were called to 11 Water Street for a reported person with a weapon.... and, found a neighbor dispute escalated by 51 year-old Lisa Boutelle damaging a bicycle.  Officers say when Boutelle was confronted, she allegedly lunged at the group with the knife, causing minor injury to one person. She was located a short distance away and taken into custody for felony second-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree criminal mischief. 

A southern Erie County student has been identified as the 16-year-old  victim of a fatal falling accident in Zoar Valley.  In a statement posted to the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District... Superintendent Kimberly Moritz says "we received notification Saturday evening that rising junior, Brooke Walker fell while hiking in Zoar Valley and tragically lost her life." Springville High School Pricipal  James Bialasik said.... "Brooke was an amazing young lady, talented, smart, funny and athletic among countless other positive attributes." The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reported the 16 year-old fell off a steep ledge shortly before 6 PM last Saturday.

A local maker of electronic fixtures started in a neighbor's garage in 1985 is still going strong today... even in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was at Falconer Electronics on Everett Street in Falconer this morning to learn more about how the company has been able to shift to selling more of it's product on-line.

Company Owner Roger Hall teamed up with local consultant Curt Anderson to improve his on-line presence after Wal-Mart and other "brick and mortar" operations shifted their emphasis with the increased use of Amazon. In fact... Anderson says Falconer Electronics is the first place that pops up in searches for makers of electric circuit boards, and harnesses.  Roger Hall says they employ 25 people that do the work by hand. Hall says they operate one-shift at their Falconer location... which they've been at since 2000.  He adds they hope to bring more people on as business picks up.

There are five new cases of the COVID-19 Virus being reported in Chautauqua County over the past day... bringing the total number of cases to 306.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says there are 31 active cases, that continue to recover.  He says 266 cases have recovered, and one person is hospitalized.  Wendel says the new cases include a man and woman in their 20s... a woman in her 30s... a male in his 40s... and, a man in his 70s.  He adds there are 150 cases under quarantine or isolation orders... and, 474 people are under the "domestic traveler quarantine."

New York's attorney general added Tuesday to the growing pile of lawsuits seeking to halt disruptions to the U.S. Postal Service, citing substantial delays in mail delivery ahead of November's presidential election - including several communities in her state that have gone some days without mail. Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, said the changes amounted to voter suppression. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy recently announced that he was suspending new operational changes to mail service amid complaints that they had led to delivery slowdowns. He has denied it is part of any attempt to sabotage the election.

Congressman Tom Reed is among those heading up President Donald Trump's campaign in New York state... but, he is only taking part on a limited basis with this week's virtual Republican National Convention.  During his stop yesterday in Falconer... Reed says he enjoyed opening night Monday... especially the speech by U-S Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.  Reed says most of the week will be spent dealing with matters in the 23rd District.

The people closest to President Trump -- his family -- starred on the second night of the RNC Tuesday.  First lady Melania Trump was th featured speaker as the GOP works to reintroduce the president to the American electorate in the midst of the campaign and the pandemic.  She spoke from White House, and the president's younger daughter Tiffany and son Eric will also be featured.  The focus on family comes as the first-term president fights to improve his standing in a 2020 presidential race he is currently losing.

A Bemus Point woman was arrested twice within 24-hours on charges stemming from a domestic violence incident involving a child.  Last Sunday... State Police responded to a home in the village and found 30 year-old Taija Pettit allegedly struck a minor victim about four times and dragged her upstairs by the ear.  Troopers say this happened in the presence of another child.  When a third-party attempted to stop Pettit from abusing the child, troopers say Pettit allegedly struck him multiple times.  Prior to be taken into custody, she is accused of acting disorderly and attempted to flee the scene.  Sheriff's deputies say they were called Monday to a residence on Dutch Hollow Road in the Town of Ellery for a reported fight.... and, found Pettit threw multiple objects and grabbed the throat of a person she had an order of protection with. She is being held pending arraignment. 

A teenager was arrested for allegedly damaging another person's property in front of several minors in the Village of Falconer last Saturday. Ellicott Town Police were called to a fight at 235 North Phetteplace Street -- in the Falconer Park just before 4 PM. Officers say 19 year-old Tina Schroeder was taken into custody on charges including fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. She was issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court. 

Robert H. Jackson was a Supreme Court Justice... and he came from Frewsburg.  Amy Thompson, a social studies teacher in the Frewsburg district, wants to drive that fact home for today's students.   Thompson was one of this year's Teacher Fellows at the Robert H. Jackson Center.  She is looking to develop a map pointing out important places for Jackson when he lived in the village more than a century ago... including the house he grew up in near "The Igloo."  Thompson believes a lot is known about Jackson's work in Jamestown in the early 20th century... much less about the place he went home to. Her goal is to have a 'Jackson week' in the Frewsburg schools each year, with resources for teachers in every grade.  Amy Thomspson presented her plans at the end of the Teacher Fellow program last last week at the Jackson Center in Jamestown.