Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Sept 28, 2020

A Jamestown woman was arrested for allegedly driving while impaired by drugs with a child passenger in the vehicle Saturday night. City Police says they stopped a vehicle near a Westside residence at 9:30 PM... and, identified the operator as 23 Katelin DiDomenico.  During the stop, officers say she attempted to conceal drugs on her person... and, they found five different controlled substances and a small amount of marijuana. DiDomenico was taken into custody on charges including felony DWAI-Drugs Leandra's Law... two-counts of endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operator, amongst others. She's being held pending arraignment. 

The Chautauqua County Health Department has announced dates for free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing, starting tomorrow morning. Testing Clinics will be held in the east parking lot off Peacock Street behind the Hall R. Clothier Building at the Mayville campus 9 AM to 1 PM.... for the dates September 29th and 30th.... and, each Tuesday through Thursday next month. Epidemiology Manager Bree Agett says anyone who wants to be tested is required to make an appointment by calling 1-866-604-6789 during business hours.  Agett says people who are signed up to get the test will have their information verified at the clinic, be swabbed, and then may leave. Health Department staff will run the tests, and contact patients with their results and appropriate education within two hours. Symptomatic individuals should plan to isolate until results are received.


Two students have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Falconer Central School District... and, with that... third through sixth-graders will be remote learning for the next two weeks... through October 13th.  The school district sent out alerts to parents early Sunday night about the situation.  County-wide... there are 13 new cases of the COVID-19 Virus since last Friday... bringing the local total to 646.  That from the Chautauqua County Health Department... which reported one case last Friday, seven on Saturday, and five yesterday.  

An 85 year-old Brocton woman has been identified as the person killed in Thursday afternoon's crash involved a tanker truck and a car in the town of Sheridan.  Sheriff's officers found that the tanker truck, driven by 52 year-old Manuel Esquilin-Gonzalez of Dunkirk, was northbound on Center Road... while the car operated by Henrietta Graziano was eastbound on South Roberts Road.  Deputies say Graziano failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign, and pulled out in front of the truck.  The tanker struck the sedan and the truck overturned in the roadway.  Officers say Graziano was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie where she later died.  Esqulin-Gonzales was taken to Brooks Hospital for treatment of lesser injuries.  

There are now four Chautauqua County businesses that have been recognized for their continuing high standards of customer safety and service during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The two newest ones from the hospitality and tourism business sector were recognized by the legislature last week.... during the panel's monthly meeting.  Mayville Legislator Bill Ward made the announcement, congratulating the Watermark Restaurant and National Comedy Center.

Last month... the legislature recognized Chautauqua Marina and Big Inlet Brewing as the first two to be recognized under the county's Hospitality Business Recognition Program.  Ward says their efforts have allowed the county to "continue flattening the curve" on local cases, and allow businesses to remain open.

The Busti Historical Society had a pie sale over the weekend... but no major festival.  Nancy Aitken, Historical Society President, described the members as 'very saddened'. Aitken adds, it's hard on the Busti Fire Department, too... as the admission fees are split between them.  The annual Apple Harvest Festival was cancelled because of issues related to COVID-19.  In the meantime, the society has been busy making improvements to its Busti grounds and facilities.  One of their goals is to obtain a '20-C license' from the state department of Ag and Markets. The Saturday pie sale was successful... selling a total of 125 frozen pies.