Local News Headlines

(**Alert!)A-P calls Presidential race for Biden...
Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States. Biden vanquished his Republican foe after a campaign as bitter and divisive as Trump's own presidential term.  Victories in ``blue wall'' northern industrial states propelled Biden to the White House, where he'll confront America's deep health, economic and social ills.  A win in Pennsylvania sealed his victory after more than three tension-filled days of counting votes.  Record numbers of Americans voted early and by mail, many out of concern about going to polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.


Cattaraugus County teen arrested for allegedly assaulting sheriff's deputy...
A Cattaraugus County teenager has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Sheriff's officer as a patrol was trying to take her for a mental health evaluation.  Deputies in Little Valley were called to the scene in Limestone about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday for a welfare check on the 14 year-old girl.  Officers say the juvenile became combative, and kicked the deputy and a patrol car several times.  Deputies say the teen was taken to Olean General Hospital for the evaluation... and, she was issued an appearance ticket for second-degree assault, and resisting arrest for Cattaraugus County Family Court at a later date.


Thirteen new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday, more than 1,000 have now recovered...
There are 13 new cases of the coronvirus being reported in Chautauqua County the past day... and, more than 1,000 people have now recovered from COVID-19.  That from County Executive P-J Wendel's Office... which reports five of the new cases are in Dunkirk... and, three more are in Fredonia.  In addition... he says there are two each in Westfield and Forestville.  Wendel says they've made a number of strides in recent months... but, adds community spread remains a big issue.  He says they've been able to find cases, contact trace, and help them recover.  Wendel says there are now 1,165 total cases to date... and 143 of those are currently active.  Wendel says there are now four active cases of COVID among employees at Tanglewood Manor and Memory Gardens... and, 14 among residents.  However... in all 99 cases have now recovered.  Wendel says 20 people are now hospitalized... and 1,130 individuals were tested at the free, rapid testing clinics held Oct 26 through 30 in Jamestown and Dunkirk with 53 positive tests resulting... which is 4.7-percent.  Also... 64, 224 negative test results have now been reported.


Pandemic restrictions by NYS being rolled back in NYC, but, Upstate "hot spots" a concern...
Governor Andrew Cuomo says restrictions in some New York City pandemic hot spots will be rolled back even as the state plans to combat flare-ups in and around upstate New York's largest cities.  The actions being considered for the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas reflect the state's shifting strategy as COVID-19 becomes a widespread problem beyond New York City.  Cuomo said he would talk to officials in those upstate areas over the weekend to come up with a micro-cluster strategy that he could announce Monday. 


Two people from Dunkirk arrested for alleged drive-by shooting Friday...
Two Dunkirk residents are in custody in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred Friday morning in the north county city. Dunkirk Police say 22-year-old Jesus Montero-Perez and 20-year-old Kenyis Gonzalez-Torres fired several shots toward a garage in the area of 633 Leopard Street shortly after 9 a.m.  The two then fled in a red sedan, leading officers from multiple departments on a brief chase that ended on Day Street in Fredonia.  Montero-Perez was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is being held on $100,000 bail, while Gonzalez-Torres had outstanding bench warrants through Dunkirk City Court and is being held on $25,000 bail.  A third suspect remains at large.


Rosas says repairs are underway to Seawall in Dunkirk... 
Work is now underway on repairing the Seawall along Lakefront Boulevard in the city of Dunkirk.  Mayor Willie Rosas says the repairs got underway earlier this week.  Rosas says the contractor has been on-site, and the weather has been very favorable to getting the work done.  The wall was damaged in a storm that hit the area during Halloween of last year.  Rosa says 75-percent of the project is being covered by FEMA funding.


Republican Senator in PA say no evidence to support Trump's claim Democrats are trying to steal election...
A key Republican senator says he sees no evidence to support President Donald Trump's baseless claim that Democrats are trying to "steal" the election.  Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is calling the president's words "very disturbing."  Toomey's state is a key battleground in the election and Democrat Joe Biden edged ahead of Trump Friday morning.  Trump has complained for weeks about mail-in ballots.  He escalated his unsupported allegation of fraud on Thursday, saying at the White House that the ballot-counting process is unfair and corrupt.  There have been no reports of any widespread fraud.