Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Wed., July 7, 2021

City police continue investigation into shots-fired incident...
Jamestown Police responded to the area of Center and Chandler Streets mid-afternoon yesterday on a report of multiple shots being fired.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says officers located a Sports Utility Vehicle when they arrived shortly after 2 p.m. that had been struck with at least one bullet that was fired by a shooter wearing black-hooded sweatshirt.  Investigators say they've obtained video of the incident from nearby homes and a business.  The shooter can be seen firing multiple rounds as he chased the vehicle.  The occupants of the car were not injured.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or via the Tips Line at 483-Tips... that's 483-8477.   Police say all calls will be kept confidential.


Cuomo announces new State of Emergency regarding gun and violent crime spikes...
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a seven-part plan to stem the rise in gun and other violent crime in New York State.  The governor made the announcement Tuesday in New York City... and, says the first step is declaring a Gun Violence Disaster Emergency.  Cuomo says the declaration allows money to be freed up to put resources towards the problem... where ever it is in the state.  He adds another part involves reinstating the state's Summer Jobs program... which he says was put on the back-burner last year due to the pandemic.  Cuomo says having a full Summer Jobs program has reduced crime in the past by 45%.  In addition... Cuomo issued an executive order for police departments to report where gun violence incidents have been taking place so resources can be targeted to those areas.  He also wants to create a council to look at what laws are needed... and what needs to be changed.  He says that panel has to make recommendations based on "policy not politics."  Cuomo also wants to lead an effort to get illegal guns off the streets.


There will be a parade before 40th anniversary Babe Ruth World Series...
The 40th anniversary 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series is just five weeks away, and Kim Ecklund, Vice-President and Public Relations Division Director, is still hoping to offer free admission every day of the series August 14 - 21st.  She says two days, Wednesday and Thursday, are still for sale.  Ecklund says the day's sponsorship $2,500 for each day.  With the loosening of COVID restrictions, the Babe Ruth Parade is back on.  It's set for Friday evening, August 13 at 6 p.m.  She says they'll be looking for people to take part, and sponsor floats.  Some COVID-related concerns linger, and Ecklund says they are taking them into account, including the fact that some players coming to town may be too young to vaccincate.  She says they will take those precautions to eliminate the possibility of virus transmission as "best we can."  Teams from eight regions of the United State, along with a Western New York team, and one from the Jamestown area will compete in the series to be played at Russell E.Diethrick Park.  For more information, phone Kim Ecklund at 664-0405.


Teenager hurt when tree falls on him at Barcelona Harbor...
A teenaged boy from the Brocton-area had to be flown to an out-of-state hospital after he was hurt when a tree fell on him near Barcelona Harbor late Monday afternoon.  Authorities say the incident involving the 15 year-old occurred about 5:30 p.m. on the beach just east of the Daniel Reed Pier.  Westfield Fire crews received mutual aid from Mayville fire rescue crews, and, from the Sheriff's Office and Westfield Police.


Woman hospitalized after SUV hits home on Jamestown's southside...
One person was taken to the hospital after a Sports Utility Vehicle struck a house on Jamestown's southside about mid-morning Tuesday.  City Police and Fire officials confirmed the accident... which occured on Hazzard Street -- between Newland Avenue and Partridge Street -- about 9 a.m.  City police tell the Post-Journal that a woman was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of injuries.  


Two men arrested in separate incident for illgally shooting off fireworks...
Two men from the town of Busti were arrested in separate incidents on the Fourth of July for allegedly shooting off illegal fireworks.  Lakewood-Busti Police were first called to a location on the Busti-Sugar Grove Road just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday on a fireworks complaint.  They allegedly spotted 26 year-old Jacob Brown shooting off large aerial fireworks... and, add that Brown also had more in his possession.  About an hour later... police spotted large aerial fireworks in the area of Creekside Lane.  They found 58 year-old Raymond Kleinfelder had fired off the pyrotechnics, and he was allegedly found in possession of others.  Both Brown and Kleinfelder were arrested for unlawfully dealing with fireworks... and were issued appearance tickets for Busti Town Court.


Two new COVID cases reported from July 4th weekend...
The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting just two new confirmed cases of the COVID-9 virus the county during the long Fourth of July Holiday Weekend.  However... health officials say there are now three people hospitalized with the virus after several days with none.  Officials say the two cases brings the total to 9,299... and, six of those are now active.  There were no new deaths.  Health officials say 9,136 cases have now recovered... and, the seven-day infection rate is .4%.