Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Aug. 25, 2021

Jamestown Police looking for public's help in tracking down who damaged 32 vehicles earlier this week on East 8th Street...
City police are on the look-out for a person who allegedly damaged some 32 cars and other vehicles along East Second Street earlier this week.  On their Facebook page... Jamestown police say the damaged vehicles were between Hopkins and Niagara Avenue.  Thousands of dollars in damage has been reported.  A photo of the person... taken by a security camera at Sandee's Bakery and Deli... can be seen on the JPD Facebook page.  Anyone with information about the subject is asked to contact JPD either via Messenger, phone at 483-7536... or the Tips Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


One person injured in two-car accident in town of Pomfret Tuesday...
An elderly Fredonia woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in a two-car crash on Van Buren Road in the town of Pomfret late Tuesday afternoon.  Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene -- near Farrel Road -- about 3:30 p.m. on a report of a crash, with injuries.  Officers say they found one of the drivers, 93 year-old Elizabeth Abram of Fredonia, had been hurt... and, she was flown to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The other driver, 71 year-old Birgitta Marrano, also of Fredonia... was not hurt.  Deputies say the investigation is ongoing, and charges may be filed at a later date.


Hochul outlines priorities in Tuesday afternoon address...
Democrat Kathy Hochul has become the first female governor of New York... and, taken over an administration criticized for inaction during Andrew Cuomo's final months in office.  Hochul, a former County Clerk and Congresswoman from western New York took the oath just after Midnight Tuesday.  Yesterday afternoon... she high-lighted her main priorties... the first being to tackle the resurgence of COVID-19... including a mask mandate for anyone going into school buildings.  That would be undertaken by the state Department of Health... and, guidelines will be out by the end of the week.  Hochul adds that she also wants to ramp up efforts to get more New Yorkers vaccinated, now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  She acknowledged that a lot of people may not know who she is... but, adds she knows and understands New Yorkers.  Hochul says she's met people, walked their streets, and talked with farmers and business owners in all 62 counties.  The former lieutenant governor promised a "fresh, collaborative approach."'


Hochul sworn-in -- twice -- on Tuesday...
The new governor took a "ceremonial oath" late Tuesday morning in Albany... after being formally sworn-in just after Midnight Tuesday in a private ceremony.  Hochul is taking control of a state government that's been hampered by months of distractions over former Governor Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment allegations.  Among Hochul's top priorities is restoring people's faith, and belief, in government.  Hochul said she spoke to President Joe Biden Monday night on a number of topics and issues... including the support New York has receiving in the wake of Tropical Storm Henri, which hit Long Island and parts of New York City last weekend. 


Wendel says Hochul to face a lot of challenges as governor...
New York Governor Kathy Hochul wrapped up a whirlwind first day in office... and, has a lot on her plate as she takes over for Andrew Cuomo.  Prior to Tuesday afternoon's address... County Executive P-J Wendel discussed what her priorities should be... namely to help local governments and businesses in Western New York.  Wendel says government finances are a big concern heading into 2022.  Wendel... who is a former educator... also believed that Hochul needed to have the state issue guidance to local school districts.  He urged her to talk with the Departments of Health and Education, and get those guidelines out as soon as possible. 


Chautauqua County reports 34 new cases of COVID-19... and, nearly 400 for month of August...
The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting another 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past day... bringing the local number this month to nearly 400.  Officials say this brings the total number of cases to 9,743... and, 187 of those are currently active.  They say there have now been 399 new cases since August 1st... driven mainly by the Delta Variant.  Officials say seven people are hospitalized, and 9,396 cases have now recovered.  The rate of infection is now 6.6-percent... which official say is "high."


Man who apparently overdosed in Mayville revived by Narcan...
A man needed to be revived with Narcan early Tuesday morning in Mayville after he apparently overdosed on an opioid drug.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the undisclosed scene shortly before 4 a.m., and, found the 37 year-old man "heavily impaired" by an unknown substance.  It was suspected that the man was overdosing... and, officers administered the Narcan nasal spray.  Emergency Medical Services arrived shortly after police... and, took the unidentified man to Westfield Memorial Hospital for further evaluation.