Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Fri., Mar. 12, 2021

JPD conducting criminal investigation after fire call on Hall Ave in the city...
Jamestown police are investigating what's being termed as a criminal situation following a fire call on the city's westside this morning.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson would not say anymore about the matter this morning.  Samuelson says information would be forthcoming later today or tomorrow.  City fire officials confirm they were called to the scene on Hall Avenue -- near Fairmount Avenue -- shortly before 8 a.m.  Fire crews quickly knocked down the fire there.  No serious injuries have been reported.


Dunkirk Police investigating a pair of overnight stabbings...
Dunkirk Police are investigating two stabbings that occurred last night.  Police Chief David Ortolano says that police responded to a call in the area of Fifth and Deer Streets around 7:40 p.m.  Ortolano says one of the male victims was located on Deer Street, while the other male was discovered on Park Avenue.  He says both victims were transported to a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment.  Ortolano says they ended up with two males suffering stab wounds... and, both were treated at the scene before being sent to UPMC Hamot Medical Center.  Ortolano says his department is working with the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office as the investigation continues.


Jamestown City Council votes to reopen parks, hired part-time Summer staff, and part-time coordinator...
Lawmakers in the city of Jamestown have approved the hiring of seven additional Summer staff members to help reopen the city's parks, and parks programs this year.  During a special meeting early last night... the City Council also approved the hiring of a part-time Parks and Recreation Coordinator, and a new Parks Supervisor.  Council President Tony Dolce says they cut the coordinator's position last Fall... and, adds lawmakers didn't know how soon they would be able to get the parks back open.  Dolce calls this "good news."  He expressed his appreciation to Mayor Eddie Sundquist and Comptroller Ryan Thompson for developing the plan... and, finding the money to do the hiring.  The measure will cost about $90,000.  Julia Ciesla-Hanley was Parks and Recreation Coordinator until the position was cut at the end of last year... though she worked in another position temporarily during the COVID shut-down.  Sundquist says Ciesla-Hanley will now be offered the position back -- albeit part-time.


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly firing gun near occupied buildings...
A city man is accused of firing one round from a hand-gun in close proximity to multiple occupied buildings early Thursday morning on Jamestown's eastside.  City police were called to the scene at 45 Franklin Street shortly after Midnight on a complaint of a person with a weapon.  Officers say they found that Bless Grant had discharged a single round from the firearm... and, arrested him a short distance away.  Police say they later found the gun had been stolen in an unrelated burglary.  Grant was jailed pending arraignment on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property.


Reed says he's "very frustrated" with how the $1.9-trillion COVID American Rescue Plan was handled...
With President Joe Biden's signature... the new COVID-19 American Rescue Plan is now in place.  Biden says it will help the United States defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health.  However... it's left some members of Congress... including local Representative Tom Reed "very frustrated."  The Corning Republican says he discussed the bill with several Democratic colleagues on what he had issues with... but, says that's not the way they were headed.  Reed says he and fellow members of the bi-partisan Problem Solver's Caucus found they could find common ground on several issues.  He joined with other GOP House members in voting against the $1.9-trillion package.  He says there was, unfortunately, a lack of "that working together" on display during the final House vote.  However... Reed says he's not giving up... especially with infrastructure, immigration... and, farm bills coming up.


More than 100 County Jail inmates vaccinated against COVID...
More than 100 inmates at the Chautauqua County Jail have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine. That from Sheriff Jim Quattrone, who says more those inmates each received the single-dose vaccine Tuesday from the jail's medical unit, which is staffed by the county's Department of Health and Human Services.  Quattrone says the single-dose vaccine was earmarked by New York State for "homebound" individuals... and, he says the state determined that jail inmates fall under that catagory.  Quattrone says the vaccine allotment had to be used within a week.  Otherwise, the county would have faced a potential penalty from the state for not using it.  Quattrone says the vaccination of the inmates gives protection not only for the jail staff, but for the community as well. 


County reports 13 New COVID-19 cases Thursday...
The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting 13 new cases of the COVID-19 Virus over the past day... and, the infection rate has now fallen to 1.1-percent.  The county's Health Department says there are now 7,752 cases of the new coronavirus since the pandemic began... and, 110 of those are active.  Officials say 8 people are now hospitalized.  There are now 7,503 recovered cases.