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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Sept. 8, 2021

County reports 153 New COVID-19 cases over Labor Day Holiday Weekend...
The surge in COVID-19 numbers in Chautauqua County continued through the long, Labor Day Holiday weekend.  The county's Health Department reports 153 new confirmed cases since last Friday... with 52 of those being reported in the Jamestown 14701 zip code.  Fredonia was next with 22 cases.  Officials say that brings the total number during the pandemic to 10,326... and, 302 of those are currently active.  The health department says 12 people are hospitalized... and, there were no new deaths.  Officials say 9,859 cases have now recovered.  The seven-day infection rate is 8.7%.


Cattaraugus County reports another 35 new COVID cases from Monday...
There has also been a significant uptick in new confirmed COVID cases in neighboring Cattaraugus County... where there were 35 new cases over the past day.  Health officials in Olean say there have been 6,366 total cases... and, 248 are currently active.  They add that 17 people are currently hospitalized with the virus.  The health department says there have been 113 deaths... and, the number of recovered cases is now 6,005.  The seven-day infection rate in Cattaraugus is now 7.2%.


Wendel pleased to see ground-broken for S&CCLSD Westside sewer extension project... 
Ground has been broken on the $16.8-million Westside Sewer Extention Project for the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts.  The ground-breaking took place on the lawn next to the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES’ Hewes Center in Ashville... where the first pump station will be erected for the project.  County Executive P.J. Wendel says it was a eight-year effort to get the project to this point.  Wendel praised late North Harmony Town Supervisor Sally Carlson for her push to get the project going.  He says it should take about two years to complete.  Wendel says it was former County Executive Vince Horrigan's vision to have an integrated sewer management plan to complete public sewers around the lake.  State funding has been obtained for Phase-One of the project, which will bring services to the unsewered properties on the west side of Chautauqua Lake along the Route 394 corridor -- through Stow.  Wendel says there are a couple of potential sources of funding for the rest of the project.  One is the American Rescue Plan allocation the county is receiving... and, there could also be funding in a new infrastructure bill. 


Dunkirk police use taser to stop man trying to attack with a knife...
Police used a taser after a Dunkirk man threatened officers with a large knife during a foot pursuit late Saturday afternoon.  Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano says 35-year-old Juan Resto, Jr. was wanted on two outstanding warrants and had thrown his bicycle at a patrol car.  During a foot chase with police... Resto allegedly displayed the knife... and threatened officers with it.  Ortolano says officers successfully deployed the taser, and no one was hurt in the incident.  Resto, Jr. is facing charges of menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.


Fugitive from Pa. caught in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man sought by police in Warren County, Pennsylvania has been arrested after trying to hide out from city police.  Officers were patrolling the area of Charles Street and Newland Avenue about 5 p.m. Monday... when they spotted 31 year-old Justin Anderson, who was wanted on an active warrant in Pennsylvania.  City police tried to stop Anderson when he ran into a nearby house.  Officers say they found him hiding in a bathroom, and he was arrested without further incident as a fugitive from justice.  He's been held pending arraignment in City Court.


NAMI schedules programs to help youth intervene for people contemplating suicide...
September is Suicide Prevention Month... and New Yorkers are being asked to make use of training sessions that are available on how to respond to emotional crises, especially as the pandemic continues to affect mental health.  At the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Rochester... Samantha Colson says the state has worked the past few years to fund "Mental Health First Aid" sessions, allowing them to be offered at low-or no-cost to the public, and in schools.  She thinks it’s imperative that young people get this kind of training, that will help them offer support, and to get them to a skilled adult that can help them.  The National Institute of Mental Health says suicide is among the top causes of death among people ages 10 to 34 – second only to unintentional injury.  Find Mental Health First Aid training on the Mental Health Association in New York State website, 'mhanys.org.'  Colson adds phone hotlines, like 2-1-1 or 3-1-1, can directly connect New Yorkers to mental-health care, and the national crisis helpline is at 800-273-TALK.