Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Sept. 21, 2021

Jamestown police investigating drive-by shooting incident at home on Jefferson Street...
No one was hurt after several shots were reportedly fired at a home on Jamestown's westside early last evening.  Jamestown police were called to the scene about 6 p.m., but, no other details were available late Monday night.  Chautauqua County emergency dispatchers confirmed the shots were fired in the 700-block of Jefferson St. from a vehicle.  The Post-Journal says JPD Captain Bob Samuelson reported the home was occupied by "several individuals including multiple small children."  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Jamestown Police at 483-7537.. of the anonymous Tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


City man involved in alleged fight arrested on drug and obstruction charges...
A Jamestown man allegedly involved in a fight outside a downtown night spot early Monday morning also faces a drug possession charged.  City police were called to the Wine Cellar at 309 North Main St. about Midnight on a report of four people fighting.  Officers say 24 year-old Tyree Holland allegedly walked away when they tried to talk to him... then ran off.  Police later caught Holland after a short foot chase... and, they found a plastic baggie in his possession containing 4.9-grams of cocaine.  Officers arrested him for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, second-degree obstruction.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Mayville man arrested on theft charges in Catt. County...
A man from Mayville is jailed on $100,000 bail for a number of theft-related charges in the Cattaraugus County town of Randolph.  Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say 25 year-old Tyler Conway was taken into custody last Friday on warrants charging him with two counts of third-degree criminal mischief... and one count each of third-degree grand larceny... and, second-degree attempted burglary.  Officers say Conway was arraigned... and, sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on bail pending a future court appearance.


Chautauqua County reports 185 new COVID-19 cases, and four deaths over the past weekend...
The spike on COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County continued over the past weekend... with 185 new cases being reported, along with four new deaths.  With that... the Health Department says the county has now surpassed the 11-thousand cases... with 11,262 total.  Officials add the four new deaths brings that total to 173 now.  There are currently 466 active cases... and, 34 people are hospitalized.  Health officials say 10,623 cases have now recovered.  Officials say 80 of the new cases were in the Jamestown 14701 zip code.  The seven-day infection rate is now 9.1-percent.


City Council's Deer Management Committee recommends limited harvest in five parts of city...
The chairman of the Jamestown City Council's ad hoc committee on Deer Management is recommending a two-month, controlled deer harvesting program to deal with the problem in parts of the city.  Sixth-Ward Councilman Tom Nelson's panel has been meeting for several months... and, reviewed a number of options.  Nelson told fellow council members last night that the deer have been a big, and growing problem, in that part of the city.  He showed a picture he recently took on his street... where eight deer were in the front yard of a neighbor's home about 3 in the afternoon.  Nelson says people in his ward have reported "a big increase" in deer in their neighborhoods in recent times.  Nelson says the city would authorize 15 experienced bow hunters to be involved in the harvest in five city park, and heavily-wooded areas.  He adds the committee spoke with officials in three New York communities where such harvests have taken place.  Nelson says they would run the pilot program from November 1st to December 31st... and, would run from sunrise to sunset.  He says the hunt would be permitted in the heavily wooded parts of four parks: Jones Memorial... Jackson-Taylor... Bergman... and, Allen Park.  The fifth location would be the Stormwater Management Pond in Buffalo Street.
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While Nelson says the deer have been a major problem in his part of the city... some other council members say they haven't seen or heard about as big a problem as Nelson described in his ward.


Task Force on poverty reduction in Jamestown to issue final report later this week...
A final report with recommendations on how to further reduce poverty in the Jamestown area will be delivered by a task force later this week.  The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has worked with several, local human service agencies to eliminate barriers to people in poverty being able to access work, and or educational opportunities.  Executive Director Amy Rohler tells us that Jamestown was awarded a $1-million Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative grant in 2016... and, seven agencies were chosen to receive funding.  Rohler says one initative was to help provide "bridge-funding" to help pay for things that didn't cost a lot... but, for someone in poverty was a huge barrier.  She says sometimes those people needed something like a drivers license, or a birth certificate to move forward... but, could not afford that expense.  Rohler says the task force worked with the local agencies for five years... due in part to the COVID pandemic.  The program was to last one-year.  The report will be delivered by the task force this Thursday, Sept. 23, during a meeting at St. Lukes Church, beginning at 9 a.m.