Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Sept. 29, 2021

Quattrone says second body found in town of Portland is now being examined...
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office investigators say they have now found the remains of a second body in the town of Portland where the first set of remains were found last Sunday.  That from Sheriff Jim Quattrone... who adds that forensic investigators have determined the first body was that of a female.  Quattrone says a search of the general area on Woleben Road where the first body was found, led to the discovery of the second set of remains.  He says they were taken to the Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology Department in Erie for identification... and, they were found to be "human remains."  Quattrone says there are still a lot of questions concerning the two bodies... including whether they are somehow related.


City man arrested for allegedly threatening another man with a knife...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly threatening another man with a knife on the city's westside Monday night.  Jamestown police were called to a location on West Fourth St. about 9 p.m., and, found that 28 year-old Richard Dehart had approached a stranger, and threatened him.  Dehart was arrested for second-degree menacing... and, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


After rejecting plan for deer harvest, City Council members say the problem needs more "comprehensive plan..."
While the Jamestown City Council has rejected a proposed deer management pilot program that would allow a limited hunt later this year... the need to deal with deer management isn't going away.  That appears to be the sentiment of most lawmakers following Monday night's vote.  How to proceed may be the bigger question.  City Council President Tony Dolce says safety is the biggest concern council members had... as well as how "effective" it would be.  Dolce says they want to look at other options with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and neighboring communities.  The bow-hunt in November and December would have been limited to two heavily-wooded park areas with up to eight permitted hunters.  The proposal by Councilman Tom Nelson's Deer Management Committee was defeated in a 7--2 vote.  Councilwoman Marie Carrubba says she wants to see a "more comprehensive plan" to deal with deer... including the need to educate residents to not feed the animals.  Carrubba says she's heard that's a big problem, and doing that is illegal.  A couple of members of the public have spoken out the past two weeks about using other methods to keep deer away from property... such as plants and shrubs.  Dolce agrees deer herds are getting bigger in some parts of the city... and, they need to be thinned.  

City Council approves revised Illumination project for Jamestown from DRI funding...
The Jamestown City Council has approved the repurposing of some Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds to complete the downtown illumination project... and, complete two others.  City Development Director Crystal Surdyk says they needed more than the initial outlay of $325,000 to complete the illumination effort.  Surdyk says they were able to do that because the train excursion project isn't ready yet... so they were allowed to reallocated the more than $600,000 into the "Riverwalk Experience Project."  In addition... Surdyk says the funding will also be used to develop kayak launches along the river, and install a safety boom.  She adds that this next phase includes the illumination of three locations... the Washington Street Bridge piers, the arches on the Main Street Bridge... and, the silos at the Board of Public Utilities.  Surdyk says there's also a digital network that will allow the lights along the river to be "synced up."  Right now... the City Hall part of the illumination project is complete.  City lawmakers authorized using $918,000 for the revised project.


County reports 42 new confirmed COVID cases on Tuesday...
After reporting nearly 200 more new cases of COVID-19 last weekend in Chautauqua County... the Health Department is reporting another 42 new cases from the past day.  Officials say the 42 new cases brings the local total to 11,836 cases... and, 429 of those are currently active.  The Health Department also reports two fewer people being hospitalized... a total of 33.  Officials say 14 of the new cases were in the Jamestown 14701 zip code.  There were no new deaths.  There have now been 11,226 cases that have recovered. 


More health care workers get COVID vaccine before deadline...
Thousands of health care workers in New York faced with either getting the COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs received at least one dose as the statewide mandate neared.  Workers at hospitals and nursing homes had until Monday night to get their first vaccine dose under the new requirement.  Governor Kathy Hochul released figures showing vaccination rates rising among the state's 450,000 hospital workers and for other healthcare workers.  By Monday night... 92% of nursing home staff received at least one vaccine dose.  And preliminary data showed 92% of hospital staff receiving at least one dose of vaccine.


Pa. Senate Committee approves mask "Opt-Out" bill...
A bill that would allow parents in Pennsylvania to exempt their children from wearing a mask at school has cleared a state Senate committee as Republican lawmakers work to counter the governor's statewide mask mandate.  The legislation would hand the ultimate decision on masking at school to parents and guardians.  It would allow them to overrule any face-covering mandate imposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, a local health department or a school board.  The Senate Education Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote.