Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Thurs., June 10, 2021

City man arrested for attempted theft of bank deposit bags from Lake Savings Bank...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trying to steal bank deposit bags last weekend from a drop box at the Lake Shore Savings Bank on East Fourth Street.  City Police say 34 year-old Dakota Kaltenbach was identified as one of the suspects from surveillance video last Saturday night.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says they also identified the woman seen in the video, and she was also found... but, does not face any charges.  Samuelson says Kaltenbach has been chaarged with Attempted Larceny and third-degree criminal tampering for allegedly trying to use a "sticky device" to try and pull depost bags from the drop box.  However... he and the woman fled the scene before they could get any of the bags.  The investigation into the other incidents that occurred at two other Jamestown banks earlier this Spring is continuing and charges in those incidents are expected. 


Sundquist confirms first payment of $14-million in American Rescue Plan funding to the city has been received...
The city of Jamestown has received it's first payment from the nearly $30-million the city is being awarded from the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist confirms that the city received it's first "traunch" from the allocation... just over $14-million, late last week.  However... Sundquist says it will remain in their bank account until they receive word from the federal government on what it can be used for.  He pledges that'll be a very public process.  Sundquist left for the Albany-area Wednesday for the start of the annual New York State Conference of Mayor's June session... where he and other mayors hope to receive more information on what the stimulus money can be used for.  Sundquist says they do know how soon the money has to be committed.  He says it can be used for various projects through 2024... and, the money has to be fully used by 2026.  The projects need to be related to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and shut-down. 


Two new COVID cases reported for second-straight day in county...
For the second-day in a row... the Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting just  two new confirmed cases of COVID-19... but no new deaths.  Officials say both cases were again in the Jamestown 14701 zip code... and, that brings the total so far to 9,273.  Health officials say only 20 cases are currently active, and four of those are hospitalized.  They report the infection rate is down slightly to 0.5%... and, 9,097 cases have now recovered.


North County man arrested for Cattaraugus Indian Reservation hostage-stand-off...
A man from northern Chautauqua County has been identified as the suspect in Tuesday's hostage situation on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.  Chautauqua Sheriff Jim Quattrone confirmed late Wednesday that the suspect is 43-year-old Hiram Rivera, who was taken into custody by State Police on Rt. 438.  Quattrone says Rivera was being sought on warrants from his department in connection with a pair of incidents, including a home invasion that occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the town of Stockton.  He says the warrants were for grand larceny, burglary, and strangulation.  Quattrone says Rivera led police on a pursuit that began in the Silver Creek area and later ended with a crash on Route 438 near Versailles-Plank Road.  He adds that there were two females in Rivera's vehicle, and they were taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Rivera, who has lived in Dunkirk and Silver Creek, is currently being held in the Chautauqua County Jail on the warrants from the Sheriff's Office and will be facing additional charges from State Police.


Gillibrand pushes for major increase in funding to combat Lyme Disease...
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for a major increase in federal funding to help prevent, diagnose, and treat tick-borne illnesses in the United States.  During a Zoom press conference Wednesday... Gillibrand said she is pushing to have about $62-million set aside... in all... to combat the huge increase in the number of tick-borne illnesses -- including Lyme Disease -- in recent years.  She says she's calling for $50-million to help the CDC with their efforts, and $12-million for the Department of Defense's research program.  Gillibrand adds that New York State has experienced an overwhelming increase of those tick-borne diseases with 92,577 cases of Lyme being reported over the last two decades.  Despite the high number of vector-borne diseases in New York and across the country... she says the federal investment in research and prevention for these diseases remains seriously low... at $191 per case. 


Tarp Skunks Home Opener is set for tonight...
After a week on the road, the Jamestown Tarp Skunks will have their first-ever home game Tonight at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park.  Head Coach Jordan Basile says the anticipation is building... but, says getting off to a 4-1 start on the road helps.  The team was scheduled to play at Niagara Falls last night... but, the game was rained out.  Basile was okay with that, as it’ll give the his players a little more time to be ready for Batavia in the home opener.  Left-handed pitcher Ryan Broderick will be on the mound for Jamestown for tonight's 7 p.m. start.