Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Mon., Aug. 16, 2021

Domestic incident in Jamestown lands city woman in jail...
A Jamestown woman sought on multiple bench and arrest warrants was arrested last weekend following a domestic dispute on the city's southside.  City police were called to the 100-block of Charles St. just after 10 a.m. Saturday... and located 28 year-old Ashley Kendall inside.  Officers say there was a valid order of protection against her to stay away from the tenant living there.  Kendall was taken into custody without incident... and, was taken to the city jail for arraignment.  Upon arriving at the city jail... she was allegedly found in possession of a greyish, powdery substance... which was believed to be a mix of narcotics.  Kendall was jailed pending arraignment.


Stockton man arrested after damaging or tampering with two other people's property...         
A Stockton man has been arrested for allegedly damaging one other person's property... and, tampering with another person's property during an incident last Friday morning.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Rt. 380 in the town of Stockton on a report of a disorderly person.  Deputies say they arrested 29 year-old Justin Grant after their investigation showed he had committed those crimes.  Officers took Grant to the Chautauqua County Jail pending centralized arraignment for the charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief, and third-degree criminal tampering.


Babe Ruth World Series underway without a hitch...
The 40th anniversary of the Babe Ruth World Series for 13 year-olds is underway in Jamestown.  Russ Diethrick was the Host President for the first one… and holds that same post now.  As the games got started, Russ reflected on what has kept the World Series alive in Jamestown:  "tremendous community support" including the general public, city government, and local organizations and businesses.  The current series is the 18th that Jamestown has hosted since 1980.  Local Babe Ruth Vice-President, Kim Ecklund… who also serves on the City Council… says COVID-19 has made this one different for everyone involved.  She says they are doing their best to keep everyone safe, and urges fans and family to do the same.  Pool play in the tournament continues with four games per day at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park through Wednesday.  The finals run Thursday through Saturday.  Thanks to local support, all the games are free to attend.


More than 50 injured in tour bus crash on Thruway in Central New York...
Officials say a tour bus bound for Niagara Falls ran off the New York State Thruway and rolled over in central New York, sending more than 50 people to hospitals.  State police say 57 people were aboard the bus when it crashed just after midday Saturday near Weedsport.  All were taken to hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to serious.  Auburn Community Hospital spokesman Matthew Chadderdon says about 27 people were taken there, and some were transferred to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for high-level trauma care.  Upstate says it received 25 patients in all.  The bus was headed to Niagara Falls from Poughkeepsie, in New York's Hudson Valley. 


Wendel believes a number of factors have led to population loss in 2020 Census...
Two elected officials from Chautauqua County are expressing disappointment with the 2020 Census figures which show a drop in the county's population.  Figures released late last week showed that the county had a 5.4 percent decline from the 2010 Census.  Area State Senator George Borrello says he wasn't surprised by the drop... adding that many people left the state for more business-friendly states, including Pennsylvania.  However... while he's also disappointed in the numbers... County Executive P.J. Wendel says he believes there could be more than one factor involved... including going to places like Florida that have no state income tax, or for better business opportunities, and people can live in Pennsylvania and commute back and forth.  However... Wendel says there is some reason for optimism.  He has heard from some local realtors that there is a growing number of people relocating to the county from larger metropolitan areas.  With a Western New Yorker taking over the office of Governor later this month... Wendel and Borrello are both hopeful that the new Hochul administration can begin to tackle the population issue.


State DOH reviewing extra vaccine policy...
New York health officials say they will soon issue state guidance on giving additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to people with severely weakened immune systems... now that the federal government is allowing them extra shots.  State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said Saturday that the state's vaccine task force met Friday to discuss the matter.  Zucker says the group will complete its review quickly. 


Healing Word ‘Hope Event’ held last weekend...
The first ‘Hope Outreach Project’ presented by the Healing Word Church of God and supporting agencies was held last Saturday in the parking lot opposite the Resource Center’s health facility on East Second Street.  Bishop Leecroft Clarke of the Healing Word Church says to really offer hope, the church needs to ‘leave the building’ because when one is feeling hopeless, they're not going to look for a particular building to get help.  Clarke believes the church is not the only source of hope, that’s why others were invited to participate.  He says the church has "it's lane..." but, adds all the other agencies in the city have their "lanes."  Clarke says that's why they've formed this collaboration.  The Resource Center, Molina Healthcare, and The Chautauqua Center are helping to sponsor the programs.  The ‘Hope Outreach Project’ is scheduled for the same East 2nd Street location from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 21 and 28.