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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Aug. 23, 2021

One person drowns in apparent accidental drowning near Dunkirk City Pier...
There were a pair of tragic drownings over the past weekend... one of those in northern Chautauqua County very early Monday morning.  Dunkirk City Police responded to a call -- shortly before 1 a.m. -- for someone in the water in Lake Erie at the City Pier.  On arrival... they learned that two people had apparently gone into the water -- and only one got out.  Officers, along with a City Fire crew began searching the area... and, a male victim was later found by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department WET Team.  The victim has not been identified.


Two-year-old dies in accidental drowning in southern Warren County, Pa....
A two-year-old todder was found dead in the Allegheny River in southern Warren County Sunday afternoon after she fell into the water near her home Saturday morning.  State Police in Warren were called to a location on Valley View Lane in Limestone Township about 11 a.m. Saturday on a report of a missing child.  Troopers say the girl had wandered away from her home, and walked into an area near the river... and, she apparently fell in.  Police say the unidentified girl's body was found in a debris pile about one mile downstream from where she fell in.  A county coroner pronounced her dead at the scene... and, the investigation is continuing.


Cuomo to resign in disgrace at the end of the day Monday, Hochul to take over...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will resign in disgrace at the end of today... and, he will be replaced at Midnight Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  Cuomo's departure comes after a state investigation found he sexually harassed 11 women. I t's a stunning reversal for a powerful politician who not that long ago was considered a possible contender for the White House.  While he agrees with Cuomo's decision... local State Senator George Borrello says he's concerned for Hochul, and a lot of unfinished business yet to be done... including the full implementation of legalizing recreational marijuana.  The state legislature ended it's session without naming anyone to New York's Cannibis Control Board... which is to oversee the rollout of the new law.  Borrello says another big issue is whether Hochul will follow-through on a potential mask mandate for schools.  He says school begins in less than two-weeks, and there's been no state Health Department guidance. 


North county woman arrested following altercation in town of Hanover...
A Dunkirk woman has been arrested for allegedly getting into an altercation with another person in the town of Hanover last Saturday night.  Sheriff's officers were called to a location on Route 20 shortly after 7 p.m., and, learned that 70 year-old Beverly Saletta had allegedly damaged property belonging to someone else.  Deputies add the incident allegedly occurred in front of a child under the age of 16.  Officers charged Saletta with fourth-degree criminal mischief, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  She was jailed pending arraignement.


Jamestown Community College opens for first-day of classes today...
The fall semester at Jamestown Community College begins today with students attending in person… on campus.  The school wants to offer as much of a ‘normal’ a college experience as possible.  But, JCC's Vice-President of Student Affairs, Kirk Young, says the increase in COVID cases has led to a ‘universal mask mandate.'  Anyone in a campus building will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.  Students consuming food in the cafeteria… and those sharing a living space in the dorms will be able to unmask.  Dr. Young adds even with the mandate, they hope to have the regular athletics and music programs as the semester unfolds.  New this fall at JCC is a mandatory orientation for incoming students.  Dr. Young believes it’s a 'best practice' for communiy colleges... and will help with student retention, and student success.


Jamestown community officially inducted into Babe Ruth Hall of Fame before Saturday's title game...
On a warm, but, beautiful day for baseball... the Jamestown community was recognized for hosting 18 Babe Ruth World Series tournaments since 1980.  Just prior to Saturday's Championship Game for the 13 year-olds... officials from Babe Ruth League presented the city with a plaque and banner recognizing the city and it's Babe Ruth Committee's induction into the organization's Hall of Fame.  Bob Faherty recognized everyone who ever worked on a Jamestown series... from host families, committee members, grounds crews, ete. were honored along with all current and past Babe Ruth Committee members.  Babe Ruth Vice-President George Lally then read, and presented the plaque to Host President Russ Diethrick, current Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, and past Mayor Sam Teresi.  Both Sundquist and Teresi called it a "a great honor." 
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The 40th anniversary Babe Ruth World Series was won in exciting fashion by Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion, Atlantic Shore, New Jersey... over New England winner, Norwalk Connecticut, 10-to-7.  The host Jamestown team finished an outstanding series with a 2-and-3 record... and, were edged out by Norwalk in the serie's quarter-finals.


Pennsylvania unemployment rate falls, but, so does labor force...
Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped to a new post-pandemic low and the labor force shrank in July as payrolls jumped by nearly 29,000.  State figures released late Friday say Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6-percent from June's adjusted rate.  The national rate was 5.4-percent in July, more than a point below Pennsylvania's.  The figures come out as the federal government prepares to end supplemental payments of $300 a week to people who lost jobs or self-employment income during the pandemic.  The payments last through Sept. 3.