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WJTN News Headlines for Oct 14, 2020


A north county man will spend 20 years in federal prison after being convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography for an 11 year-period.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 53 year-old Richard Miller of Forestville was sentenced to the prison term Tuesday... along with lifetime supervised release in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.  Prosecutors say between 2006 and 2009... Miller produced child pornography by filming himself engaged in a sexual act with a minor.  Then from January 2016 to March 2017... Miller and co-defendant Joseph Harvey exchanged images of child porn, and engaged in illicit discussions regarding child pornography and pedophilia.  Harvey was previously convicted and sentenced in the case.


A man from Corry, Pennsylvania is jailed on $100,000 bail for allegedly stabbing a Youngsville man during a fight in Warren County's Pittsfield Township.  State Police in Warren were called to the scene on Dey Lane just before 8:30 AM Monday... and, arrested 20 year-old Charles Earls at the scene.  Troopers say Earls admitted to stabbing 29 year-old Thomas Niles... and, he was arrested for aggravated assault.  Police say Earls was arraigned, and sent to the Warren County Jail on bail.  Niles was flown to an Erie hospital for treatment of a stab wound.


Ten confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Virus being discovered among residents and staff at the Tanglewood Group facilities in West Ellicott last weekend led to the discovery of the cluster of cases found.  That from Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler... who says four of those were reported on Saturday... and, six more were found on Sunday.

Chautauqua County officials late yesterday confirmed the number of cases in the Tanglewood Group cluster at Tanglewood Manor and Memory Garden totals 45... not the 47 reported earlier today.  Schuyler says... after the Sunday testing... officials ordered everyone at the facilities to be tested for COVID-19.  She says the families of those who tested positive have been notified by Tanglewood and contact tracing is underway.  Schuyler says free testing is available during the week in Mayville... but, you must make an appointment.  To do that... call 1-866-604-6789. 

 
There are five new cases of the COVID-19 Virus being reported yesterday in Chautauqua County... but, the number of active cases has fallen to 92.  The county's Health Department says the five new cases include one each in Jamestown, Lakewood and Celoron.  Officials say there are now 796 total confirmed cases of COVID here... and, 691 have have now recovered.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says 10 people are hospitalized.


A twelvth person has died in Cattaraugus County, due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.  The County Health Department reported on Monday that the resident was a 96 year old woman who developed respiratory failure, and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive treatment.  There have been 308 cases in Cattaraugus County of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.


Congressional Democrats say Republicans are continuing to push a new U-S Supreme Court Justice who would vote to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act.  New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says her Republican colleagues are "out of step" with the majority of Americans who need COVID Stimulus relief... but, instead are pushing confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  Gillibrand says it's in front of a November 10th date for a case involving provisions of the ACA.

Republicans say that's not what the November 10th court hearing would be about.  However... Democrats say it's at least another step towards eliminating the ACA... also known as "Obamacare."  Gillibrand says it's wrong to push to eliminate health care coverage for New Yorkers during a pandemic.  She says some 3-million New Yorkers could lose coverage if the ACA is eliminated.  During Tuesday's second-day of hearings... Barrett fielded Democrats' questions on abortion, gun rights and other hot-button issues.  She declined to say Tuesday whether or not she would recuse herself from any post-election disputes that might arise from the November 3rd election.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Chautauqua County League of Women Voters to hold their political debates on Zoom this week.  The League's Tina Rousa says the debates... featuring two of the three candidates running for the 23rd Congressional District seat and Chautauqua County District Attorney, were recorded live last night, and will be posted on October 14th -- today -- from 6 to 8 PM.  Rousa says incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed did not respond to the league's request... so, Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano and Libertarian candidate Andrew Kolstee will debate.  Rousa says the debates will be posted on social media and shown on cable access channels around the county.