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WJTN News Headlines for Sept 30 , 2020

A reward is being offered for information on last October's shooting of a Cherry Creek man on his Route 83 farm.  New York State Police report that an up to $2,500 reward is being offered in the October 1st, 2019 shooting of 53 year-old Nelson Noble.  State Police in Fredonia say troopers found Noble had been shot multiple times, and seriously hurt.  Noble was flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  Western New York Crimestoppers today is announcing the reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.  Citizens are urged to come forward with any information on the case.  If you have information... call Crime Stoppers in Buffalo at 867-6161

There are four new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Chautauqua County the past day... with one of those in Jamestown.  County Health officials say there's also one in Bemus Point, and two in the Brocton area.  Officials say there are now 658 confirmed cases, while 618 have now recovered.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says there are 30 active cases, while 285 are under quarantine or isolation orders.  He says 33 people are under the "domestic traveler quarantine."  There have now been 44,346 negative test results to date.

The COVID-19 infection rate in Western New York continues to get better... but, Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning the region remains under a "caution flag."  Cuomo updated media across the state on the number of COVID clusters, or "hot-spots" today... and, says the Western New York rate is now 1.3-percent.  He says it's up to local governments to do what's needed to stop the spread... including enforcing the law regarding mask wearing.

Chautauqua County's rapid testing operation is now taking place in the village of Mayville today and tomorrow.  It will be in that area for the month of October as well.  The county's operation originated earlier this month to deal with case clusters at Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk, and the SUNY College at Fredonia.  

A Jamestown man has been arrested at a home in the city as a violent fugitive from Merrimack County, New Hampshire.  City police were called to a location on Shasta Drive Monday afternoon after receiving word that 42 year-old Shawn Cook was there.  Officers were joined by members of the U-S Marshalls Violent Fugitive Task Force in locating Cook, who was arrested there for escaping custody in New Hampshire.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment, and extradiction proceedings.
A city man sought on multiple felony warrants was arrested after jumping into the Chadakoin River during a foot chase Monday night in Jamestown.  City police say they were able to identify a man walking through a parking lot in Brooklyn Square... and, say 44 year-old Stephen Cassidy fled the scene when they approached.  At one point during the pursuit, Cassidy jumped into the river and officers had to retrieve him.  Investigation found Cassidy allegedly made contact with a person that he was ordered to stay away from.  He faces charges of second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree obstruction. 

The Marvin House in Jamestown... a meeting place for women for 70 years... will end its virus shutdown in October.  The first official event is a membership meeting at mid-month, where they will celebrate the 102nd birthday of Dorothy Valone Snitger, the last living charter member of the house.  Dorothy Valone Snitger remembers the Marvin House as an active place... particularly at midday. Rosemary Lombardo, current President of the Marvin House, says Valone Snitger is a great inspiration to continue the work that  started when the house was first committed to the women of Jamestown. As the Marvin House reopens, it will be available for groups, organizations and private parties. Phone 488-6206 for information. The house is located at 5th and Main Streets in downtown Jamestown.  

Federal investigators examining the 2018 crash of a stretch limousine that killed 20 people say state regulators repeatedly failed to properly oversee the poorly maintained vehicle. National Transportation Safety Board members unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a final report on the deadliest transportation disaster in the United States in a decade. The crash killed 17 family members and friends celebrating a birthday along with the driver and two bystanders. The NTSB found that the crash was likely caused by the operator's "egregious disregard for safety" that resulted in brake failure on a long downhill stretch. It found that ineffective state oversight also contributed.

Daily Alternate Parking begins in the city of Jamestown... starting this Thursday, October 1st.  City Police Captain Scott Forester says alternate parking will take place at 10 AM each day.  Forester says vehicles have to be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street during odd-numbered days... and, only on even-numbered side on even-numbered days.  There is no grace period.