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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Oct. 4, 2021

Missing Warren Co. man found near forest route in Limestone Township...
A missing Tidioute, Pennsylvania man has been found -- dead -- following a three-day search after he went missing late last month.  State Police in Warren say 29 year-old Maxwell Lester had last been seen at his home on Sept. 27... and, was reported missing by family members last Friday afternoon.  Troopers say they located Lester's vehicle on Forest Route 119 in Limestone Township later that day.  Police say they and fire rescue crews searched that are... along the Hickory Creek Wilderness Area of the Alleghany National Forest... but, could not find the missing man.  A State Police K-9 Unit from Harrisburg was brought in... and, Lester was found dead about a mile north of the parking area of Forest Route 119 late Sunday afternoon.  The Warren County Coronor was called in... and Lester's body was taken to a medical examiner in Erie, Pa. for an autopsy.  Howver... foul play is not suspected at this time.


City man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, and providing fatal dose of heroin/fentanyl to another person...
A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to trafficking heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetime during the Summer months of last year.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says 26 year-old Brendan Farver entered the plea before Senior U.S. District Judge William Skretny to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, all three narcotic drugs.  Prosecutors say  during the conspiracy, Farver bought and sold the drugs for profit and his own use.  In addition... he brokered deals for other drug dealers in and around the Jamestown area.  They say he used Facebook to conduct his drug trafficking activities, frequently communicating with others to procure and to sell the illegal substances.  In May 2020, police made undercover purchases of heroin from the defendant on two different occasions.  In addition... in July of last year, Farver was accused of bringing a heroin/fentanyl to an associate identified as "K.T." at that person's home on Victoria Avenue in Jamestown.  Both then injected the heroin/fentanyl mix... and, "K.T." was found dead the next morning.  An autopsy concluded that the associate had died due to an "accidental, fatal overdose."  Farver is to be sentenced next May 25.


One person killed in Allegany County House explosion...
State Police say a home in Allegany County has been destroyed by a possible explosion... and, troopers now say the body of a dead person has been found inside.  State Police in Amity say multiple fire departments responded with them shortly after noon Saturday to the home in Alma, near the Pennsylvania border.  Troopers say the house was completely leveled by a possible "fire/explosion" and the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is at the scene.  Police say they have no cause yet for the explosion or death at this time.  The body was removed from the scene and sent to the Medical Examiners for identification.


Woman from Warren, Pa. killed in Sugar Grove accident...
A Warren, Pennsylvania woman was killed early last Friday morning in a single car accident at an intersection in the boro of Sugar Grove.  State Police in Warren say 58 year-old Donna Ekstrom, was a passenger in the car when the accident occured at Warren Road and Main Street about 5 AM.  Troopers say the driver of the car... 80 year-old Geraldine Davis of Warren... was northbound on Warren Road... and, failed to stop at the stop sign at Main Street.  Police say the vehicle continued into a concrete wall across Main Street.  Davis was seriously hurt... and, taken to a local hospital.


Women’s March held in Jamestown Saturday is one of more than 600 worldwide...
Women’s marches took place Saturday in over 650 cities worldwide… including Jamestown.  Over 100 people gathered in Dow Park at noon to rally for a woman's choice to end a pregnancy.  Some in the crowd carried placards stating “Hands off my Uterus” and “Get Your Bans off Our Bodies.”  Once they reached Tracy Plaza over a half dozen speakers took the microphone, including Renee Posey, one of the organizers of the event... and, says anyone who can become pregnant has the right to make make the choices that are right for them, and their bodies.  Executive Dir. Amanda Gesing with the Jamestown YWCA, said women need to stand up, and speak out.  The Saturday march was independently organized, with the help of the YWCA and the Jamestown Justice Coalition.


Whitaker says manditory COVID testing come to schools for unvaccinated staff...
Weekly testing will become part of the COVID-19 protocols for local school districts later this month for staff who are not vaccinated.  That from Jamestown School Superindent Kevin Whitaker... who says the state Health Department put the mandate in place shortly after Governor Kathy Hochul took office in August.  Whitaker says the only staff who are fully-vaccinated would not be required to do this on a weekly basis... and, it will "start soon."  He gave no specific date for the testing to start.  However... he says, once they have the testing in place, this will allow the district to offer voluntary testing for any students, and staff who want it done.  He says it will be dependent on the availability of those tests.