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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 9, 2020

A Jamestown man now faces several charges -- including first-degree vehicular assault -- in connection with a crash last May that seriously injured his three passengers.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene May 26th on Route 394 in front of Chautauqua Institution for a single-car accident.  Deputies say 21 year-old James Meuker was driving while ability impaired by marijuana.  Officers say the passengers... Samuel MacQueen, Michael Brightman, and Jacob Surrena were taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center... and, treated before being released.  In addition to vehicular assault... Meuker has also been charged with second-degree assault... second-degree unlawful Possession of Marijuana... and, driving while under the influence of drugs.  He will appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.

A Jamestown man faces multiple charges after allegedly exposing himself to several youths in the area of Front Street last Thursday afternoon.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the area about 4:30 PM on a report of a "suspicious person" sitting in a parked car.  Officers found 41 year-old John Hollingsworth sitting in the vehicle... and, investigation showed Hollingsworth had exposed himself to the children.  He was arrested on one count of Public Lewdness and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Hollingsworth was later arraigned, and released per the New York State Bail Reform Act. 

The Chautauqua County Health Department has now confirmed 1,183 cases of COVID-19, after 8 new cases were reported yesterday and 10 on Saturday. Officials say there were 18 total positive test results over the weekend... and, a complete update is expected later today. 

Local Congressman Tom Reed released a statement late last weekend, congratulating President-Elect Joe Biden.  At the same time... Reed says -- "To ensure the integrity of our electoral process, we must continue to transparently count and certify all of the American people’s votes to its complete conclusion."  However... he congratulated Biden... and, added "we are ready to come together, work as one and help all Americans through the difficult times ahead."  The Corning Republican concluded that it will require all of us to be "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

It's only in the preliminary stages... but, officials are looking at setting up a three-state "Winery, Distillery, and Craft Beer Trail" that would start in northeastern Ohio... and, end in New York's Finger Lakes region.  Chautauqua County Executive P-J Wendel says he is working to set up a meeting with local wineries, and others to discuss such a possibility.  The Appalachian Wine Trail currently includes Wineries in parts of West Virginia, and eastern Ohio.  He made his comments for last weekend's Community Spotlight program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

A Sherman man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another person with a stick-like object early last weekend.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Route 430 in Sherman late last Friday... and, arrested 21 year-old David Detweiler for third-degree assault, and first-degree criminal contempt.  Deputies say the victim suffered injuries in the attack... and, add that the person has an order of protection against Detweiler.  He was arrested on the two charges... and, taken to the Chautauqua County Jail pending centralized arraignment.

Two Dunkirk men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred last 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 AM.  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 cash bail.  A third suspect remains at large.


A new shop for vintage and new fashions has opened up in downtown Lakewood! The ribbon was cut Saturday morning on the new GI Threads store at 106 Chautauqua Avenue in the village.  Owner/Operator Gabby Iuculano says she was very excited to finally have he grand opening last Saturday.  

Iuculano was attending Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania when the COVID-19 pandemic hit... and, she was unable to play sports.  At that point, she returned to Chautauqua County, and began work on some clothing items she had... and, the rest is history.  County Executive P-J Wendel, a Lakewood resident, praised Iuculano for opening up a new business.

A representative from Congressman Tom Reed's Office, Jackie Phelps, also congratulated Iuculano on her store opening... and added she "can't wait to shop" there.  She liked the trendy, and vintage items inside.  GI Threads is closed Monday and Tuesdays... and open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Students attending college at one of New York's public universities in the spring will have to quarantine at home for a week first and be tested for COVID-19, at home or on campus.  The rules are part of new guidance for the spring semester issued by the State University of New York on Sunday.  Classes will start later than usual, on February 1st, and there will be no spring break.  And with big gatherings still not allowed, graduation plans for the Class of 2021 are shaping up once again to be scaled-back or virtual ceremonies.