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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Oct. 6, 2021

Two sent to the hospital following two-vehicle, rollover accident in Jamestown...
A two-vehicle rollover crash in downtown Jamestown about mid-afternoon Tuesday resulted in two people being taken to the hospital.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office dispatchers say city police were called to the scene at Fourth and Main Streets just before 3:30 p.m.  They add the accident, involving a van and a car, left the van rolled onto it's side.  Dispatchers say the injured parties were taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  The accident was still under investigation.


Four children hurt, two critically, in Cattaraugus County pick-up truck-Amish buggy accident... 
Four Amish children were hurt... two critically... 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 Rt. 80 and Rogers Road about 4 p.m. Monday... and, found that the southbound buggy on Rt. 80 had 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.


City lawmakers looking at possible speed zone changes on Buffalo St. near schools...
The Jamestown City Council is looking at ways to make more "uniform" speed limits on Buffalo Street where two city Public schools are located.  Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Nelson says his panel discussed the matter on that street... which connects the north and east sides of the city.  Nelson says Senior Traffic Engineer Chris Brown stated that the speed limits are "within code..." but, did suggest some additional signage in the form of "rectangular rapid-flashing beacons" to warn motorists.  Nelson says this may be a good place to start, and the city can maybe look at using some American Rescue Plan funding for it.  Fellow lawmakers thought it was a good idea... but, they learned the cost for all schools to get the flashing beacons would cost about $450,000.  Public Works Director Jeff Lehman is to look into possible grant money... even though Nelson hinted at possible use of American Rescue Plan money.  The major issue is the speed limit is 30 mph, but, it drops to 20 in the areas of Ring Elementary and Washington Middle Schools are located.  Police Chief Tim Jackson felt a uniform 20 mph would be best.  The two schools are separated by three blocks of residential area... where the speed limit is 30 mph.

City Council committee approves trick-or-treat hours for Halloween...
The city of Jamestown is setting trick-or-treat hours for Halloween later this month... and, lawmakers are urging parents to use their best judgement for where their children go.  The City Council's Public Safety Committee discussed the matter at Monday night's meeting... and, agreed to set the hours on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Committee Chairman Brent Sheldon says there will be no city-sponsored event again this year due to the pandemic.  Council President Tony Dolce says the COVID-19 numbers... which had been surging in recent weeks... appear to be leveling off.  He says they hope to see the numbers going down, like they have been across the country.  Dolce adds that vaccinations are the big difference between last year, and this year.  


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender...
A city man has been arrested by police after they were called to a suspicious situation... and, found he was a convicted sex offender who had not notified law enforcement of an address change.  Sheriff's deputies were joined by Jamestown Police and the FBI in being called to the undisclosed scene last July 24.  After investigating... they arrested 37 year-old Andrew Miller on a warrant Monday for being a level three sex offender.  Miller is accused of failing to notify Jamestown Police, and the New York State Sex Offender Registry of his new address.  He also failed to report a vehicle that he registered through the state Department of Motor Vehicles.  He was charged with Failure to Register -- Change of Address. 


Board members reflect on very successful first season for Jamestown Tarp Skunks...
It was a very successful inaugural season for the Jamestown Tarp Skunks Collegiate Baseball team this year... both on and off the field.  Those are the feelings of two of the key people involved with Jamestown Community Baseball, LLC, the team's local ownership group.  Local Attorney, Greg Peterson, is one of them... and, says the Tarp Skunks were a hit in many ways during the Perfect Game League's 2021 season.  Peterson says they doubled team attendance from the past full season in 2019, and merchandise sales increased by 500%... which was much higher than expected.  The regular season for Major League Baseball is over... but, the "hot stove" league is starting to heat up.  One of the unknowns heading into 2022 for Jamestown is who the new business manager will be.  Peterson says the job opening will be posted shortly.  That person will replace Jacob Kindberg... who left the team after the season concluded... for a new opportunity.