Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Fri., Aug. 13, 2021

City police investigating shooting of two people during overnight incident on Jamestown's eastside...
Jamestown Police are investigating a shooting incident on the city's eastside in which two people were wounded and treated at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the area of Peach and Winsor Streets shortly before 3 a.m., and, found there had been an altercation involving several individuals who had been attending a gathering on Peach Street.  Samuelson says several shots were fired during the fight, and two people were struck.  He says both were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.  Samuelson say the investigation is continuing... and, anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call JPD at 483-7537... or the Tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  He says all calls will be kept confidential.


Sherman man arrested following fight, and robbery...
A Sherman man faces two counts of third-degree robbery following an altercation in the town Wednesday night in which he allegedly took property from two other people.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Park Street about 9:30 p.m., and, found that 48 year-old Bruce Boozel was involved in the altercation, which occured in the presence of children at a home.  Deputies located Boozel a short time after the incident, and arrested.  In addition to the two robbery counts... he also faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a child... two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief... criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation... and, second-degree harassment.  Boozel was taken to the County Jail pending centralized arraignment.


Green says he supports Hochul as new governor, and her run for governor in 2022...
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who will become the state's 57th Governor in less than two weeks, has made it clear that she will run for state's top office next year.  Hochul made the announcement during an interview on NBC's Today Show yesterday morning.  Chautauqua County Democratic Party Chairman Norm Green says it will be a tough challenge for Hochul, but he supports her efforts.  Green says he expects a primary challenge because it's hard for an upstater to get the nomination.  He says among the other names being mentioned are state Attorney General Letitia James... and, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who is also a former Assemblyman.


Sundquist says Cuomo right to step down, believes Hochul will run "high integrity" office...
Jamestown's mayor has developed a strong working relationship with the incoming Governor... noting that he's part of the Western New York COVID-19 Control Room -- headed up by the Lieutenant Governor.  Fellow Democrat Eddie Sundquist says Governor Cuomo made the right move by stepping down earlier this week -- in fact -- he says it should have been sooner.  He believe Hochul is the right person to move into the governor's office because she's "no nonsense," but, at the same time "compassionate."  Sundquist says he's "proud" to call Hochul a colleague in Western New York.  He says Hochul has come to Jamestown a number of times -- including while he's been mayor. 


Green pleased with Hanlon endorsements...
Staying on politics... County Democratic Chairman Norm Green is pleased that county resident Grace Hanlon has been cross-endorsed by four political parties in Western New York for State Supreme Court Justice.  This all but guarantees Hanlon's election, something that Green says is important to Chautauqua County... because there hasn't been local judicial representation in many years.  He says the last representation was by retired Justice Joe Gerace.  Green says the matter was only going to be solved by political solution because Chautauqua County tends to get outvoted in Western New York matters.  Hanlon was nominated Wednesday night by Western New York Democratic Party officials at their judicial nominating convention. 


Many want Cuomo investigations to continue, even after he steps down...
Sexual harassment allegations cost Governor Andrew Cuomo his job.  Now, many want to see him answer for a scandal that cut to the heart of his reputation as a pandemic hero, and may have had life-and-death consequences -- his administration's handling of outbreaks in nursing homes.  Families of the more than 15,000 New Yorkers who have died of COVID-19 in state nursing homes say they want accountability, and are urging state lawmakers and the U.S. Justice Department to keep investigating Cuomo after he leaves office.  Among those calling for the state Assembly to continue its impeachment inquiry of Governor Cuomo is local State Senator George Borrello.  The Sunset Bay Republican says that includes investigating the allegations of sexual harassment, his administration’s cover-up of COVID nursing home deaths and his improper use of state resources to produce a book. 


There are 21 new COVID cases reported in county the past day...
The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past day... and, the rate of infection is now considered "substantial."  Health officials say the new cases brings the local total to 9,484... and, 97 of those are currently active.  Officials say four people are now hospitalized... but, there were no new deaths.  They say 9,228 case have now recovered... and, the seven-day infection rate is now 4.8-percent.


2020 Census shows NYC added more than 600K people... but, upstate losses continue...
While upstate New York continues to lose population... New York City grew by more than 600,000 people over the past decade... and, now accounts for 8.8-million people.  That from City University of New York Mapping Service Director Steven Romalewski... who says the Big Apple added 629,000 people in the 2020 Census.  Census data released Thursday also showed that the demographic shifts that are further concentrating the country's population in its largest urban areas.