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WJTN Headlines for Mon., Apr. 5, 2021

Schumer touts federal American Rescue Plan during visit to National Comedy Center in Jamestown...
New York's Senior U-S Senator was in Chautauqua County today for the first time since being named Majority Leader to tout the many parts of the American Rescue Plan.  That's the $1.9-trillion COVID Relief bill recently approved by federal lawmakers... and, signed by President Biden.  At the National Comedy Center this morning... Schumer proclaimed that "help is on the way" in the way of $1,400 stimulus checks to most residents of the county, more vaccines, and to help get schools opened "quickly and safely."  In fact...Schumer says there is about $75-million in total going to Chautauqua County from the ARP... including funding for non-profit arts-related venues... like the Comedy Center.  He says he worked hard to include the "Save Our Stages" program... which willbenefit the Comedy Center, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, and Chautauqua Institution to name a few.  Schumer says the American Rescue Plan is providing more than $100-billion to all of New York state.  Schumer also detailed the expansion of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit.  He was joined by Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson... and, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas during this morning's visit.


Clarendon, PA woman arrested for speeding, DWAI-Drugs...
A Warren County, Pennsylvania woman is accused of being under the influence of drugs while driving at a high rate of speed last Friday afternoon in the town of Kiantone.  Sheriff's officers say they spotted the car, driven by 28 year-old Donna Burton of Clarendon, shortly after 3 p.m. on Route 62... and performed a traffic stop.  After an investigation... they found that Burton was operating the vehicle in an impaired state.  She was arrested fro driving while ability impaired by drugs... and, traveling more than 55 miles an hour in a speed zone.  Officers say Burton issued appearance tickets for Kiantone Town Court at a later date.


Frewsburg man arrested following domestic dispute...
A man from Frewsburg is accused of getting into a verbal altercation with another person while his three children were present last Saturday morning.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Frew Run Street in the town of Carroll for a reported domestic dispute about 10:30 a.m.  Officers say 33 year-old Edwin Clover-the-second created an unsafe environment for his children when he got into the altercation in their presence.  Clover was arrested on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child... and, taken to the County Jail pending centralized arraignment.


Jamestown DPW employee honored by city for saving two residents from burning building...
The Public Works employee that rescued two people from the second-floor of a burning building on Jamestown's northside has been given special recognition by the city.  The City Council last Monday night approved a commendation for Joe Pollino... a 15-year veteran of the DPW.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says Pollino was driving his dump truck the morning of March 23rd... when he saw the fire at 703 Washington St. and, calls for help..  Sundquist says Pollino helped them jump from a second-story window safely, and get away from the fire.  When each jumped, both they and Pollino fell to the ground.  However... no one was seriously hurt.  Pollino calls what happened a "life-changing" experience.  He says he was happy he was in the right place at the right time.  When city firefighters first arrived... they were told someone was still upstairs... but, they later learned that everyone had gotten out safely.  The March 23 fire heavily-damaged the two-story apartment building.  Officials say the first-floor apartment at the back of the building was fully-engulfed in flames when they arrived.


Vaccine Passports latest controversial item being looked at...
Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status have become the latest flash point in America's perpetual political wars.  Supporters say the passports would allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine.  But Republicans portray them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices.  Vaccine passports currently exist in only one state - a limited government partnership in New York with a private company.  But that hasn't stopped GOP lawmakers in a handful of states from rushing out legislative proposals to ban their use as a tool to restrict what people may do.


County Farmers urged to look out for invasive weed this year...
Farmers are being asked to keep a close eye out for an agressive, herbicide resistant weed called ‘Palmer amaranth.’  Josh Putman, the Field Crop Specialist for the Southwestern New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops program says while it looks like many other common pigweeds, it can grow up to three-quarters of an inch a day… even in a dry July.  Palmer amaranth is most likely to affect dry beans and soybeans, but can hurt corn and other crops.  While it’s only been found in Steuben, Wayne and Seneca Counties in New York so far, it is in many Northern Pennsylvania counties and likely to creep north.   If farmers think they see Palmer amaranth this growing season, they’re urged to send a picture to swnyteam@cornell.edu for confirmation.  


Lakewood man found with several hypodermic instruments during trespass arrest...
A Lakewood man sought on Felony warrants by multiple police agencies in the area has been arrested following a trespassing call in the village last weekend.  Lakewood-Busti Police were called to a location on East Summit Avenue about 12:40 a.m. Saturday... but, the suspect, 24 year-old Braxton Achterberg, had fled the scene.  Police say they found Achterberg on the back porch of a different residence, and he was found in possession of eight hypodermic instruments.  He was also found to be wanted by Lakewood-Busti and other agencies.