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WJTN News Headlines for Sept 21, 2020

A two-car crash at the intersection of Route 39 and Hanover Road in the town of Hanover last Saturday afternoon sent one person to the hospital.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene about 12 Noon... and, found that 47 year-old Dana Herman of Angola, had stopped at the intersection, but, she did not see a second vehicle approaching.  Officers say Herman pulled out in front of that vehicle, and both cars collided.  Deputies say an unidentified 64 year-old man driving the other car was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.  Herman and her 16 year old passenger were not hurt... but, she was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way.  She'll appear in Hanover Town Court on a later date.

Federal lawmakers get back to work today with a number of issues to deal with leading up to the November election... including a continuing resolution that's due in coming days to keep the government running.  That could complicate matters in getting a fourth, COVID-19 stimulus bill approved.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who co-chairs the Problem Solver's Caucus... which recently announced agreement on a $1.5-trillion package called the "March to Common Ground" plan.  Reed says it's a 50/50 chance the COVID bill, and continuing resolution may be acted on at the same time.

Reed says the Problem Solver's bill inclues a number of items that most federal lawmakers want... including stimulus checks and extended unemployment insurance for individuals, along with help for small businesses, and local and state governments.  It could have funding added to it... or taken away... depending on how long the pandemic goes.  Reed made his comments during his recent press conference call with regional media.

Chautauqua County's Congressman has introduced bi-partisan legislation to restore the Essential Air Service Program, which is needed at smaller regional airports like the one near Jamestown.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says the “Restoring Essential Service to Small Airports Act”, would help smaller, but economically essential airports across the country, rejoin the EAS program.  He says the bill would also provide a much-needed boost to local economies while guaranteeing access to commercial air service.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel thanked Reed for introducing the measure... adding that restoring the EAS to the Jamestown Airport is "not only important for corporate and business travel, but having commercial service available offers a local, no-hassle flying opportunity for our residents and visitors."

The region's state Senator says he's sponsoring legislation that would divide New York State into three regions to allow more regional control on issues important to residents.  Sunset Bay Republican George Borrello says the regions would include, upstate, the five boroughs of New York City, and Long Island.  Borrello says that New York would remain one state... but, adds the regions would have more autonomy.  However... he doubts any action will be taken on it this year.

Borrello says the state has been taking away local control, something he believes the proposal can help address.  He says that's been seen with Article 23... which was part of the 2020-21 State budget, and takes away local control on the siting of renewable energy projects.  

A lot of people have been going downtown on Saturdays this summer to buy produce.  That from Jamestown Public Market's Director Linnea Carlson... who says the Public Market will continue to run Saturdays from 10 to 2 on Cherry Street through October.  The Mobile Market, which takes fresh produce to various points in the community, has its last day this Wednesday (September 23th).  Linnea Carlson says there is a fundraiser to help the Mobile Market this evening, beginning at 5:30 PM.  The 'Jamestown Public Market' Facebook page has information on buying 'market to your table bags.'  Prices for the bags start at $35.00. The pickup will be at St. Luke's Church at 4th and Main.

The city of Rochester, New York, is dealing with more trauma after a shooting at a backyard party killed two teenagers and injured 14 others.  Police Captain Frank Umbrino said 19-year-olds Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander died in the shooting that began just after 12:30 AM Saturday.  The others wounded have injuries not considered to be life-threatening.  No arrests have been announced.  Police believe Young and Alexander were not the intended targets.

There were four new cases of the COVID-19 Virus reported in Chautauqua County over the past weekend... bringing the local total to 606.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says there were three new cases reported on Saturday... and, one on Sunday.  Both are much smaller number than seen in recent days.  The county's Health and Human Services Department will report other figures later today.

Chautauqua County Executive P-J Wendel has announced a new Probation Director for the county... and, he's now been on the job for two days.  Wendel says says Gilbert Taylor has served as the department’s Deputy Director of Probation since April 2019.  Taylor has been with the department for 12 years serving as a probation officer from 2008 to 2014, and probation supervisor from 2014 to 2019.  Prior to working for the probation department..., Taylor worked for nine years in the county's Department of Social Services where he was promoted to a Supervisor of a Child Protection/Services Team before redirecting his career and becoming a probation officer.  Taylor called it an "honor" to be chosen.

President Donald Trump's homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white evangelicals.  They're a critical component of his coalition, and there are signs they haven't lost faith in the Republican incumbent. While some born-again voters had misgivings about him in 2016, they helped him eke out a 44-thousand vote margin of victory in the pivotal swing state.  This time around they sound eager to repay him for supporting their policy agenda on issues such as anti-abortion judicial nominees, and religious liberty.