Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Sept. 7, 2021

Two injured in town of Dunkirk when car crashes into house...
Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers are investigating an accident involving a car crashing into a house on West Tenny St. in the town of Dunkirk early Monday morning.  Deputies were called to the scene just after 5:30 a.m., and, found both the vehicle and house with heavy damage.  Officers say there were two injured parties that were treated at the scene by Emergency Medical Service personnel.  Deputies say one person was taken by Alstar ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk... and, the other person was flown by STAT MedEvac Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of their injuries.  No names have been released. 


Second single-car accident in Portland Sunday morning sends two others to hospital...
Two people were hurt -- one seriously -- in a single-car accident on Route 5 in the town of Portland early Sunday morning.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene... near Van Buren Road... just after 3:30 a.m.  Deputies found the heavily-damaged vehicle in the ditch with two victims.  Both were treated on scene by ambulance crews... and, one was taken by Alstar Ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  The other was flown to the UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.  Officers say they are still investigating the crash... and, more information will be released when it's available.  No names have been released.  Portland and Brocton fire rescuers also responded to the scene.


Sunday afternoon accident on Routes 5 and 20 send two people to the hospital...
A single-car accident on Routes 5 and 20 in the village of Silver Creek Sunday afternoon sent two women the hospital... one with serious injuries.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene about 2:30 p.m., and spoke with one of the occupants, 17 year-old Katrina Haskins of Silver Creek.  Officers say Haskins was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  The other person, 55 year-old Francine Torres of Silver Creek, had to be flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.  Deputies say the investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.


Hochul signs series of bills to boost worker protections in NYS...
New York Governor Kathy Hochul returned to Buffalo on Labor Day to sign five bills approved by the state legislature earlier in the year she says will strengthen worker protections.  During an outdoor ceremony Monday... Hochul signed a measure introduced by a Buffalo area state senator designed to make highway work zones safer.  That measure was sponsored by State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo.  Hochul says another key measure will help to fight wage theft especially regarding subcontractors.  She also signed a shared work benefits bill for people who lost work during the pandemic, and could only return to part-time work.  However... they lost all their unemployment benefits.  A fourth measure institutes a prevailing wage measure for building service employees at condominums and coops in New York City... and, a fifth formalizes the HERO's Act that helps front-line, pandemic workers.


NY and NJ officials agree that infrastructure needs to be improved - quickly - in the wake of Ida...
The destruction left by the remnants of Hurricane Ida have officials and experts agreeing that infrastructure including roads, sewers and housing in New York and New Jersey must be quickly improved.  The Northeast is still recovering from torrential rains that brought about deadly flooding on Wednesday and Thursday.  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says the world is changing with ever more frequent and intense storms and the playbook needs to change, too.  New York Governor Kathy Hochul says it's clear that some streets can't sustain flash flooding.  She pledged to find new answers.


Wendel pleased to hear Hochul will work with local governments to deal with COVID-19 surge...
Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he's happy to hear new Governor Kathy Hochul say that she won't "micromanage" the response to the surge in COVID-19 cases.  County Executive P-J Wendel was on hand for a press event in Buffalo last week addressed by Hochul... who had headed up the Western New York Control Room dealing with COVID since March of last year.  Wendel says... while he's concerned about about a mask mandate for schools, Hochul has indicated it won't stay that way -- depending on the numbers.  Wendel says the county's numbers are considered "high" again by the CDC.  He adds there needs to be cooperation between the state and local governments because the Delta Variant has been impacting different regions of the state differently.  Wendel says they've also seen an increase in vaccinations since the Pfizer vaccine was approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.  He made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Trump backing of Parnell not setting him apart in PA U.S. Senate Race - yet...
The most sought-after endorsement in Pennsylvania's wide-open Republican primary for U.S. Senate went early to Sean Parnell.  But... the backing of former President Donald Trump isn't clearing the field for Parnell and it's yet to be seen whether Trump will campaign for or help him raise money.  Trump's endorsement, issued last week, came early in the race, nearly nine months before next May's primary in what is expected to be one of the nation's most competitive Senate contests next year.  No poll shows Parnell has established substantial name recognition with voters.