Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Oct. 5, 2021

Four Amish children seriously hurt in truck buggy accident in Cattaraugus County... 
Four Amish children were hurt... two seriously... after the buggy they were riding in was struck by a pick-up truck in the Cattaraugus County Town of Farmersville.  State Police in Machias were called to the scene at the intersection of County Route 80 and Rogers Road about 4 p.m. Monday... and found that the southbound buggy failed to stop at the intersection... and, was struck by the eastbound truck on Rogers Road.  Troopers say the four children... ages 6, 8, 10 and 13 were taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo... one by Mercy Flight and the other three by ambulance.  Two children remain in critical condition.  The state police Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted with the ongoing investigation.


Findley Lake man arrested in narcotics bust at hotel with significant amounts of drugs...
A Findley Lake man has been arrested during a drug raid at a Route 426 hotel for allegedly trafficking several drugs... including methamphetamine, cocaine and Fentanyl.  Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 43 year-old Shawn Conway after finding him in a room at the Comfort Inn with 224 grams of meth... 109 grams of fentanyl... nearly 13-grams of cocaine... 29 grams of crack cocaine... 40 dosage units of morphine and a quantity of cash.  Conway was arrested on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Task Force members say they had been investigating Conway for the past several months.  He was arraigned, and jailed without bail... and police say more charges are pending. 


Jacobs throws his endorsement to Hochul for Gov. in 2022...
The man who leads New York's Democratic Party has thrown his support to current Governor Kathy Hochul for next year's gubernatorial election.  State Chairman Jay Jacobs, who also heads up the Nassau County Committee, announced his backing of the Buffalo-area Democrat during a morning press conference Monday on Long Island.  Jacobs says "we have a governor that has proven she can do the job, and with distinction..." and has "earned our support."  He also made it clear that he was not speaking for the state and county committees that he chairs... noting that a full vote will be taken by them next February.  He also says he's not trying to discourage other potential candidates -- including Attorney General Letitia James.  However... Jacobs says Hochul has done a great job since being elevated to the governor's post following former Governor Andrew Cuomo's resignation amid allegations of sexual harassment.  He says Hochul has also been a good foot soldier... campaigning for many Democratic candidates across the state.  Jacobs says he called several prominent Democrats prior to making the announcement... including former Governor Cuomo.  He says that was strictly a courtesy call to inform Cuomo of his decision.  


K-9s brought in to further investigate town of Portland trail where human remains found...
The investigation is continuing into the two sets of human remains that were found last week in the town of Portland.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and State Police K-9 units conducted a general search of the Rails to Trails system throughout the county Monday.  That from the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.  The remains of the two bodies were located near the hiking trail off Woleben Road.  The remains are currently being analyzed by the Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology department.  The first remains were found on Sept. 26, and, a search of the area led to a second body. 


Jamestown lawmakers begin looking at mayor's proposal for use of ARPA funds...
The Jamestown City Council has begun discussions on proposed uses for the city's $28-million allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act.  The proposal was reviewed by the Finance Committee last night, and one resident discussed changes to the tentative master plan offered by Mayor Eddie Sundquist.  More money was allocated for a new catagory entitled "Healthy Communities and Neighborhoods."  However... resident Doug Champ questioned why there is no funding for public safety... and called on lawmakers to put 5-percent towards public safety.  Champ did some comparison between the city, and Chautauqua County plans.  He says the county is providing at least four-percent for public safety needs, and is receiving about about $3.5-million dollars less in ARPA funding.  Champ says public safety is one of the key items in the federal legislation... along with public health.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist's revised plan reduces the allocation for Water, Sewer and Broadband from $5-million to $2-million, while Healthy Communities and Neighborhoods is being increased from $2-million to $5-million.  The Finance Committee began discussions on the plan last night.


Saints & Sinners Tours to resume at Lakeview Cemetery this coming weekend...
The Fenton History Center's 16th annual Saints and Sinners Tours at Lakeview Cemetery will get underway this coming weekend.  The President of the Fenton Board of Directors, Rick Lundquist, says both walking and carriage tours will be available.  Lundquist says at least seven stories will be told on each tour using costumed actors about Jamestown, and the cemetery, itself.  The tours run Saturday, Oct 9 and Saturday, Oct. 16. Lundquist says call the Fenton or go to their website for reservations... and do so right away, as the carriage tours for the 16th are already sold out.  The Fenton's mausoleum tours at Lakeview are also back this year, on Sunday, Oct. 17.