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Two arrested for allegedly tying person to chair, and setting them on fire in Cherry Creek...        
Two male teenagers have been arrested for allegedly tying a person to a chair in the town of Cherry Creek a month ago... and, later poured an accelerant on the victim before setting that person on fire.  Sheriff's officers were called to the undisclosed scene about 11:30 p.m. on Monday, August 3.  Deputies say the victim sustained "substantial burns" as a result of the incident, but, is recovering.  Following the investigation... an 18 year-old from Cherry Creek, and a 19 year-old from Salamanca were arrested for second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment.  Officers say both teens were arraigned.  One subject was released... the other was jailed with bail. 

City fire crews douse kitchen fire on Colfax Ave...
Damage was confined to part of the kitchen in a late morning fire Thursday on Jamestown's southside.  City fire officials say they were called to the scene at 53 Colfax Ave. about 10:30 a.m., and, were able to bring the blaze under control quickly.  No one was hurt, and the family is back in the house.  Fire officials say crews were at the scene until Noon.  No cause has yet been determined.

Cuomo gives WNY rapid test results, and announces casinos can reopen next week...
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state's infection rate remains under one-percent, but that's not the case in Western New York.  Cuomo updated the media during a conference call Thursday... saying the region is at 1.9-percent.  He also gave rapid testing results from the eight sites the state set up in Western New York, including the city of Dunkirk.  The sites averaged around 4 percent... with Chautauqua County at 4.5-percent.  Meanwhile, Cuomo announced that casinos can re-open next week... with the usual protocols... including enhanced air filtration, only 25-percent occupancy, and wearing masks and using social distancing.

Wendel says state will leave some Rapid Test machines in county for several weeks...
As Western New York continues efforts to combat the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the region... Chautauqua County will get four COVID-19 rapid testing machines on loan from the state Health Department.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says they'll have an initial allotment of 1,000 test kits for use in the coming weeks.  Wendel says the county has a plan in place to administer those tests... and, they are going to monitor testing criteria.  Wendel has lobbied to keep at least one rapid testing machine in the county in response to the outbreak at Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk... and, they're get that and three more.  In fact... he says all Western New York counties will have some of the machines.  The locations of the four testing sites have not been determined at this time.

Thirty-seven new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in the county...
Another 37 new, confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Virus are being reported today in Chautauqua County... and, the number of active cases has jumped to 166.  In addition... Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says 23 of the 37 are students at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  Wendel says this brings the total number of cases here to 479... while 303 have now recovered.  He says 595 cases are under quarantine or isolation orders, and being monitored... and, there are 670 persons under the "domestic traveler quarantine" after arriving here from a state listed on the New York travel advisory.  Wendel says five people remain hospitalized... and there have been 35,095 negative test results to date.
The numbers from the COVID-19 outbreak at Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk are looking better.  However... the numbers have been increasing at the State University College at Fredonia.  That from County Executive P-J Wendel... who says the numbers at Fieldbrook have improved since rapid testing concluded.  Wendel says 23 of the new cases are from SUNY at Fredonia... and that brings the total there to 45.  However... only six of those have been on-campus.  He made his comments for this coming weekend's Community Spotlight program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

JPS ready to start 2020-21 school year...
The Jamestown Public School District is moving forward with their COVID-19 reopening plans, as the the first day of school is next Tuesday, Sept. 8.  Superintendent Kevin Whitaker says it's been all hands on deck preparing all their buildings, but they are ready to go.  Whitaker says they have all the cleaning and disinfecting materials they need, and have set up social distancing protocols for everyone.  He says they had some supply chain issues due to the demand for supplies, but they also have a thousand masks and 100 infared, no-touch thermometers.  In addition... he said families in need of child care from the district should let their child's principal know about it so they can be scheduled in.  He says that cost is roughly $40 a week currently.  For more information... go on-line to JPSny.org/childcare.

Court ruling against minor political parties in Ballot Access issue...
The head of a progressive political party in New York is urging voters to cast votes on the party's line at a time when a new state law is jeopardizing the future of minor parties.  A federal judge ruled this week that minor political parties in New York have failed to make their case that the state violated their constitutional rights by making it harder to qualify as parties and get on the ballot in upcoming elections.  

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News Headlines for Sat., Sept. 19, 2020

Eight new cases of COVID brings Chautauqua Countys' number to more than 600... Chautauqua County has reached another milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic... with the total number of confirmed cases...

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