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WJTN Headlines for Mon., July 19, 2021

Man pulled from Chadakoin River by Blackstone Ultrasonics employees...
A man who had to be rescued from the waters of the Chadakoin River was rescued early this morning in the area of Blackstone Ultrasonics off Main Street is being evaluated at the hospital.  Jamestown police responded to the scene about 6:15 a.m. on a report of someone in the water.  Police say three employees of Blackstone Ultrasonics were able to get the man out of the water... and, he was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for evaluation.  No other information was available late this morning.


Jamestown fire investigators looking into cause of southside fire early Monday morning...
Fire has destroyed a two-story, occupied house on the city of Jamestown's southside overnight.  City Fire Battlion Chief Brian Acterberg says crews were called to 116 1/2 William St. about 12:30 a.m., and, found the house fully-engulfed in flames.  Crews reportedly found multiple people with smoke inhalation, and some were take to the hospital.  There is no word on their conditions.  Acterberg had few details... but, says the house burned very quickly.  Investigators are still looking for the cause.  Crews were back in service about 7 this morning.


Westfield man arrested for arson in barn fire earlier this month...
A Westfield man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a barn that was destroyed by fire earlier this month.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office fire investigators probed the blaze... which occured on Route 20 in the town of Westfield... and, determined that 26 year-old Andrew Sissem had started the fire.  Officers with the road patrol found, and arrested Sissem late last week for third-degree arson.  He was taken to the county jail pending Centralized Arraignment... and, will appear in Westfield Town Court at a later date.


Heavy rains cause low-level flooding and high water around county over the weekend...
Much of Chautauqua County finally had the chance to dry out Sunday after low-level flooding and high water plagued the Jamestown-area late Friday and most of the day Saturday.  Flooding at a mobile home park off Shore Acres Rd. in the town of Ellery late Friday afternoon led to some residents having to be evacuated.  Sheriff's officers say Bemus Point firefighters were called to the scene initially... but, the county's Water Emergency Team was soon after called in as the water continued to rise to help those who needed to get out.  There was also high water in a number of other places... including Jones and Gifford Avenue in the city to the village of Celoron.


Reed believes Chautauqua County will remain in "Southern Tier" district after new boundary lines are drawn...
There's already been a lot of speculation over where Chautauqua County will wind up in Congressional redistricting.  Many hope it will remain part of what is now the 23rd District... represented by Corning Republican Tom Reed.  During last Friday's Congressional Luncheon hosted by the county Chamber of Commerce... Reed said he believes it will remain part of a "Southern Tier District."  He says there are Democratic forces nationally who will try to lump as many Republicans as possible in what he calls two "Super Republican Districts" in the upstate region.  Reed says there would likely be one more district in the North Country... and, a fourth one on Long Island.  While an Independent panel will be selected to redraw the boundary lines... he says there are others who have already been working in other states to maximize the lines for Democrats.  Reed says if they can do that legally, they would be able to cut the number of Republican members of the New York Congressional Delegation from the current eight to four.  New York state will lose one Congressional Seat because of Census number changes... leaving it with 26 Congressional Districts.


‘Un-Fair’ ready to begin this week...
The Chautauqua County 4H ‘Un-Fair’ will unfold beginning Wednesday at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk.  4H Educator, Kate Ewer, from Cornell Cooperative Extension says volunteers and the Fair Board of Directors have worked hard to put the substitute event together so 175 young people and their animals can compete.  Kate Ewer says 4H does not have the capacity to host an event open to the ‘greater public,’ so most parts of the 'Un-Fair' will be closed to the general community.   However, the livestock shows will be ‘live streamed’ on the 4H and Cooperative Extension Facebook pages.  The one part of the ‘Un-Fair’ open to all will be the 57th Meat Animal Sale, Saturday at noon.  Fifty-seven hogs, 8 goats, 29 pairs of frozen chickens, 14 lambs and 14 steers will be marketed.  Bidders can register in advance through the Extension website, or by calling the office at 664-9502, Extension 208.  The County Fair itself was cancelled this year because of COVID-19.


Warren, Pa. woman arrested in Jamestown for drug possession...
A Warren, Pennsylvania woman faces several drug-related charges after she and another person were found asleep inside a car that was stopped in the area of Cross and Chandler Streets in Jamestown late last week.  City Police were patroling that area last Friday... and checked on the pair's well-being.  They spotted drug paraphernalia in plain sight... and, had both occupants get out of the vehicle.  They later found a quantity of a mix of methamphetamine and Fentanyl in 25 year-old Alyssa Sheldon's possession.  Police also found Sheldon in possession of a medication she didn't have a prescription for... along with several hypodermic needles and other paraphernalia.  She was arrested on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.