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WJTN News Headlines for Sat., July 10, 2021

Man arrested in Pa. for attempted murder in Cattaraugus County...
The suspect in an attempted murder in Cattaraugus County earlier this year has been arrested as a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 62 year-old George Hollobaugh was found in Pennsylvania last Thursday... where he was being held on unrelated charges... and, has been returned to Cattaraugus County.  No details on the alleged incident, which occured in the town of Randolph, were released.  However... Hollobaugh was arraigned on a second-degree attempted murder charge, and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $100,000 cash bail, $200-thousand property bond.


Salamanca man arrested on drug charges...
A Salamanca man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking crystal methamphetamine following a raid at his home earlier this week.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reports members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 46 year-old Nikol Stellabuto of 27 Myers Ave. about 9 p.m. Tuesday.  Task Force agents say Salamanca Police assisted in executing the search warrant... and, they found Stellabuto inside.  Police also allegedly found a quantity of crystal meth... and drug paraphernalia.  Officers say he was arraigned on one count each of third-degree Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.


Hepatitis A alert put out in Chautauqua County...
There are no 'hot clusters' or outbreaks of Hepatitis A in Chautauqua County right now, but the Health Department in Mayville is encouraging people to make sure they are vaccinated against the disease. County Epidemiologist, Bree Agett, says since last october there have been 56 cases... which she calls alarming.  The virus affects the liver, and is transmitted through trace amounts in a person's stool.  Incubation typically takes 28 days, but can be as long as 50 days.  The disease shares symptoms with many other intestinal conditions.  However, Agett says jaundice, or a yellowing of the skin, is a strong indicator of Hepatitis A.  It was added to the childhood vaccine schedule in 1999.  As a result most people aged 22 and younger have been vaccinated... but, she says people older than that have not been.  The county will be offering Hep A vaccines simultaneous with the COVID-19 shots offered at Chautauqua Lake Central School every Tuesday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 13, 20 and 27.  The hepatitis vaccines are offered at no cost.  More information is available from the county's website.  


Chautauqua Lake Pops program for tonight cancelled due to lack of permit...
The Chautauqua Lake Pops is disappointed to announce that its concert scheduled for this Saturday evening has been cancelled pending receipt of a permit from the New York State Office of General Services to moor the floating stage offshore from the Mayville Lakeside Park.  Chautauqua Lake Pops Chairman, Dan Dalpra, said in a statement released earlier Friday, "although OGS has been very responsive in its initial review of the permit application, and all the supplemental information it has requested, OGS advises Chautauqua Lake Pops that it needs additional time to make a final determination."  Some of the delay with OGS might relate to the pending lawsuit seeking to shut down the entire concert series.  Dalpra adds they are planning to continue the program July 17 and are tentatively planning to reschedule the Hotel California/Eagles Tribute show to Sunday July 25.  All tickets and passes will be honored for that new show date.


Gerry Rodeo coming together, but, time frame for preparation has been very condensed...
It's been full speed ahead for organizers of the 76th Gerry Rodeo... but, it's been a hectic time getting everything in place for the four-day event which begins in less than a month.  That from Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley... who says when the Fire Department Committee first decided to move ahead with the event... there were still a number of COVID restrictions in place.  That means they've had to do a lot of preparation in a very short period of time... but, Cooley says it's been "amazing" how things have come together.  In fact... he says sponsorships have been selling very well.  He says just about all their sponsorship programs are in place now.  He says they'll be serving their traditional beef barbecue dinners.  However... the cost of food has gone up as we come out of the pandemic... and, he says that will increase dinner prices by a dollar-each.  He adds this year's brochure just came out, and has all the information in it... including history of the rodeo.  Cooley says you can also get more information on their website at www.gerryrodeo.org.  This year's Rodeo runs from Wednesday, Aug. 4 - 7. 


Southwestern Drive Box Culvert replacement underway...
It's a matter of routine maintenance, but the replacement of a box culvert on Southwestern Drive means that heavily-travelled highway will be closed between Baker Street and Hunt Road for two or three months.  Chautauqua County's Director of Public Facilities, Brad Bentley, says the water flowing through, and traffic on top of culverts take a toll.  Bentley says over the course of 30 to 40 years, the concrete falls apart and needs to be replaced.  As to why it takes several months, Bentley says there are a lot of steps, after getting the old one out... and, the right base is put in.  County crews are doing all the work, and the use of a pre-cast box culvert will speed the completion of the Southwestern Drive project... at least a little.


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