Local News Headlines

News Headlines for Sat., Oct. 3, 2020

Missing 3 year-old in Jamestown found after he wanders off...
A 3-year-old boy reported missing early Friday afternoon has been found safe and sound in the apartment building he and his family live in.  City police say the child was reported missing just after 2 p.m. at 742 E. Second St.  However... the toddler hadn't wandered off.  Officers say the child had gone into a closet in the apartment his family lived in... and, was found sleeping under a pile of play items.  Jamestown Police were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, and the Jamestown Office of the FBI.


Reed, Mnuchin send thoughts out to POTUS, and First Lady, for speedy Recovery from COVID-19...
Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is sending his "prayers and best wishes to the President and the First Lady" as they deal with the COVID-19 Virus.  Reed addressed the news that President Trump and his wife, Melania, both have contracted the virus.  Speaking at the start of the final day of his Manufacturing Summit via Zoom Friday morning... Reed offered his best wishes to the First Family.  Reed says "I know that (they) are going to get through this virus in a strong and sound fashion."  Reed's last keynote speaker was Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin... who has tested negative for the virus.  Mnuchen echoed Reeds sentiments... and, says the news so far has been good, and he wished both the President and First Lady a "speedy recovery."
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Also Friday morning... New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement, saying "my thoughts are with President Trump and the First Lady and I wish them a full and speedy recovery."  Cuomo and the president have had an ambivolent relationship during the pandemic.  However, the governor set aside politics in his statement, adding "this virus is vicious and spreads easily.  Wear a mask.  Let's all look out for each other."


Reed's Democratic opponent also wishes the first family a speedy recovery...
Congressman Tom Reed's Democratic opponent in the November election is also wishing the president and First Lady a speedy recovery.  Tracy Mitrano of Penn Yan says thats the case both "for their health and for the security of our nation.  Today's news is a sad reminder that no one is immune to COVID-19."  Mitrano adds that "it is vital that we all continue to follow the guidance and best practices that have been suggested by public health officials and medical experts to keep ourselves safe, by washing our hands, wearing masks when in public, and keeping our social distance.  Together we can get through the hardships this virus has imposed and come out stronger."


One new positive case of COVID-19 reported in Chautauqua County Friday...
There are now 44 active cases of COVID-19 being reported in Chautauqua County Friday afternoon.... after one new positive test was added.  That from Interim County Executive P-J Wendel... who says the new case in a person in Silver Creek.  Wendel says two people are hospitalized.... 253 people are under quarantine or isolation orders.... and, 30 people under the domestic traveler quarantine.  To date, there have been 675 total cases county-wide and 621 people have recovered from the virus.  There have also been 45,411 negative test results.


Former Chautauqua Inst. official recounts his battle against COVID in Colorado...
COVID-19 is very serious... but there is hope.  That's what a well known, former Chautauqua County resident, wants to communicate about the coronavirus.  Mike Sullivan is a former Director of Institution Relations at Chautauqua... retiring in 2010.  At home in Colorado earlier this year... he was on a telemedicine visit with his doctor, thinking he had bronchitis.  When he said his oxygen level was in the 80-percent range, she sent him to the emergency room immediately.  Mike spent 15 days in the hospital, 11 in intensive care... turning 77 years old while there.  He recalls a very low moment when he faced possible intubation... as many around him were dying.  Sullivan says he knew there were hundreds of people praying for him, and he didn't want to let them down.  He applied himself to breathing with vigor, began 'prostrate' therapy... sleeping on his stomach... and eventually recovered.  Sullivan believes he caught COVID when he was working a concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver.  He says if the nation had taken the disease more seriously in February, he wouldn't have gotten it because he wouldn't have gone to work. 


Prominent WNY attorney, niece, killed in small plane crash...
Prominent New York attorney Steve Barnes has died in a small plane crash in western New York.  That's according to his longtime law partner Ross Cellino.  Barnes' niece also died when the single-engine turboprop crashed about 11:45 a.m. Friday in a wooded area near Pembroke, New York.  Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron says neighbors described the plane making a loud, whining noise, then dropping into a wooded area.  The plane was associated with Cellino & Barnes, a prominent personal injury law firm.


Barone named as UPMC Physician of the Year...
A key member of UPMC Chautauqua Hospital's Internal Medicine staff has been named as the Jamestown faclity's Physician of the Year.  Dr. Marlene Barone received the unexpected honor during the annual "Doctors Day Luncheon" at the hospital... delayed six-months due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Barone has been a doctor for 30 years... and, nearly the past two decades with the local hospital.  She says she's been "very fortunate" to have terrific teachers and mentors who helped her along the way.  Barone says it's been a year of unexpected events... including the Pandemic.  However... she says they are "all physicians" and they need to take care of "our patients... our families... our communities... and, hopefully we're taking care of ourselves."