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WJTN News Headlines for Fri., May 7, 2021

One person reportedly hurt in car-pedestrian accident in Jamestown...
Details are sketchy... but, Jamestown police responded to a reported car-pedestrian accident Thursday evening on the city's southside.  County Fire Dispatchers and the city Fire Department confirm the call to the intersection of Foote and Cole Avenues occured about 7 p.m.  A medivac helicopter was called in... but, no other information has been released at this time.  Efforts to reach JPD have been unsuccessful.


Jamestown woman pleads guilty to allowing home to be used for drug trafficking...
A Jamestown woman has pleaded guilty to allowing a known-drug trafficker to use her home to deal heroin and methamphetamine from three-years ago.  U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 29 year-old Chelsey Hunt entered the plea to maintaining a drug-involved premisis before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroeder, Junior.  Prosecutors say between January and February of 2018... Hunt was accused of letting Douglas Beardsley live in her attic... and, he used it to traffic drugs.  They add that Hunt took an active role in assisting with the operation, including helping Beardsley’s customers and telling them about any police activity in the area.  She's also accused of sellng small amounts of narcotics for Beardsley, and purchased narcotics for her personal use.  Charges are pending against Beardsley.  Hunt faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and $500,000 fine.


City man sentenced for burglary... 
A Jamestown man will spend 2 1/2 to 5 years in state prison for third-degree burglary.  Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt's office reports that Mark Barnhart received the sentence this week in County Court.  Schmidt says the Jamestown Police Department made the arrest, and assisted with the investigation.


Wendel touts new Chautauqua Lake MOU for simpler approach to lake issues...
Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel and members of his staff have unveiled a new Chautauqua Lake Memorandum of Understanding for all lake stakeholders groups.  Wendel says the previous, 2-year Memorandum of Agreement expired last month... and, a new agreement was needed.  However... the Lakewood Republican says this one is more simple... and, says the groups will work together... and, will not attack or sue others who are part of the MOU.  However... he says the right to sue cannot be taken away from anyone.  Wendel says the MOU does not address the typically contentious use of herbicides to knock down invasive weeds in the lake.  He says the state Department of Environmental Conservation has the final say, and juridiction over use of herbicides.  Wendel says he's hopeful the vast majority of stakeholders sign the MOU by the end of the month.


Wendel expresses disappointment over decision to cancel Chautauqua County Fair for 2021...
It's both disappointing and frustrating to see the Chautauqua County Fair cancelled for another year due to COVID restrictions.  However... County Executive P.J. Wendel is hoping to see some kind of change in the next few days that may allow some kind of activity at the Dunkirk Fairgrounds this year.  Wendel is reacting to the Fair Board's announcement earlier this week to call off the week-long event in late July.  He hopes there may be some reconsideration of the decision because the nation may see some "dramatic change" in the COVID situation in the next month.  Wendel says, after learning about the decision, he spoke with both Fair Board President Dave Wilson... and, officials with the Western New York COVID-19 control room.  He says he was surprised the state did issue guidance for the State Fair in Syracuse... but, nothing for county fairs.  Wendel says he plans to bring up the matter at the next control room meeting... because the county fair is one of the most anticipated Summertime events in the county.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Radio Grouip stations.


County reports 14 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday...
There are 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County over the past day... and the number of active cases has again dropped.  The county Health Department reports that five of the new cases were in the Jamestown 14701 zip code... and there have now been 9,022 total cases.  Officials say nine people are currently hospitalized... but, there were no new deaths.  A total of 8,763 cases have now recovered.


County announces Water Restrictions for Mayville Water System due to upgrades to new well...
A mandatory water conservation order has been issued by Chautauqua County for all users of the Mayville Village Water System now through May 13.  The county's Department of Health issued the order Thursday... and, urged residents to cut their water usage by 50-percent.  Officials say this will allow the village to complete critical upgrades to their new well, which is the only well now in use.  The village began installation of a permanent water pump for Well-#4 Tuesday to replace a temporary one installed last December during a water emergency.  During the replacement process... if the water in the village storage tank falls below a safe level, the village will be forced to use one of the PFNA-contaminated wells to supply emergency water to the system.  If that happens... officials say a “Do Not Drink Order” will be required.  If you have any questions about the order... call the Mayville Public Works Superintendent at 269-4801... or the County Health Department at 753-4481.