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WJTN News Update for Fri-Sat., Mar. 12-13, 2021

City man arrested after allegedly starting apartment fire, and threatening firefighters...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to his apartment... threatening responding firefighters... and, barricading himself inside a bathroom.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers and fire crews were called to 4 Hall Ave. shortly before 8 a.m. after an upstairs tenant reported hearing a smoke alarm in a lower apartment.  Samuelson says firefighters looked for occupants in the apartment... and. encountered 41 year-old Edwin Sanchez inside.  He says Sanchez displayed a knife and waved it at firefighters who were trying to get him out of the smoke-filled apartment.  Samuelson says Sanchez then barricaded himself inside the bathroom.  Responders were able to get Sanchez out later without further incident.  He was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he was treated and released. Sanchez has been charged with second-degree arson.. first-degree reckless endangerment... second-degree menacing... criminal mischief... and, obstructing firefighting operations.


Depsite new calls to step down, Cuomo says he's not resigning...
With calls growing for his resignation from both sides of the political aisle... New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will not resign from office.  The governor, under fire and investigation for allegedly sexually harassing six women, told reporters during a conference call today that he's not going anywhere.  Cuomo says "let the review proceed... I was not elected by the politicians, I was elected by the people."  Governor Cuomo today said....the two investigations that are underway.....will prove his innocence, not his guilt.  However... U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand both called on Cuomo to resign.


COVID-19 numbers low in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties; Catt. registers 90th death...
The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting 23 new cases of the COVID-19 Virus over the past day... and, the infection rate has now dropped to 1-percent.  Health officials say there are now 7,775 total cases of the new coronavirus since the pandemic began... and, 119 of those are active.  The most were reported in Fredonia, where there were 5 cases.  Jamestown was next with four.  Officials say nine people are now hospitalized... and, the number of recovered cases has now exceeded 7,517.
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In Cattaraugus County... the number of deaths reported has now reached 90... with the passing of a 76 year-old man who died from complications due to COVID.  Officials there say there were only 5 new cases... bringing the total to 4,496.  Cattaraugus officials add that 83 cases are active... and, 6 are hospitalized.  4,316 have now recovered.


Investigation faults Rochester mayor and police for keeping details of Daniel Prude's death secret...
An investigation into the official response to Daniel Prude's police suffocation death last year in Rochester is faulting the city's mayor and former police chief for keeping critical details of the case secret for months and lying to the public about what they knew.  The Rochester city council commissioned the report and made it public Friday.  The report said Mayor Lovely Warren lied in September when she said she only learned in August that officers had physically restrained Prude during the Mar. 23, 2020 encounter.  It says she, the former police chief and others were aware that Prude's death had been ruled a homicide by mid-April.