Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Sat. July 3, 2021

Names released of victims involved in fatal, North Harmony accident Thursday morning...
A Cattaraugus County man has been identified as the person killed in Thursday's two-car, head-on crash on Interstate 86 in the town of North Harmony.  Sheriff's officers say 52 year-old Bradley Wakefield of Cattaraugus suffered fatal injuries during the crash, which occured just after 5 a.m.  He died at the scene of the accident.  The other driver, 32 year-old Heather Capell of Brunswick, Georgia was seriously hurt... and, taken to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital for treatment.  Deputies say the investigation of the collision, in which one of the vehicles was going the wrong way, is continuing.


Jamestown School Board approves moving ahead with new Logo and Mascot changes, but, high school team's nicknames will remain "Red Raiders...."
The Jamestown School Board has approved a resolution to change the school's logo, and mascot... but, to keep the high school's nickname of "Red Raiders."  The decision was made at Thursday night's board meeting... and, based on recommendations of the JPS Mascot Committee.  The board directed that a new mascot and logo be adopted for the High School... and, that there would no longer be any use of Native American imagery, including any "J" with feathers.  In addition... as soon as is practical... all feathers will be removed from buildings and playing fields, and any and all uniforms or attire with that imagery -- and provided by the district -- will be replaced.  The board also gave Superintendent Kevin Whitaker the authorization to hire the services of a graphic designer and trademark attorney for the purpose of designing a new logo and mascot, with student, staff and community input.  A motion to change the team's nickname from "Red Raiders," though, was defeated, 5-1...largely based on the committee recommendation that the name is not tied to Native American imagery.


One new COVID-19 case reported in county Friday...
There was one new confirmed case of the COVID-19 Virus reported Friday in Chautauqua County.  However... the county Health Department is reporting that two people are now hospitalized for the virus.  That comes after several days in which there were no hospitalizations.  Health officials say there have now been 9,297 total cases... and, 9,136 have now recovered.  The seven-day infection rate is up slightly to 0.3 %.


 


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