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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

City police continue investigating Tuesday night fatal shooting on Jamestown's eastside...
Jamestown police are continuing to investigate a mid-evening shooting on the city's eastside that resulted in the death of a 46-year-old man.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 60 Water St. shortly after 8:30 p.m., and, found the unresponsive man outside with a single gun-shot wound.  Samuelson says they found the man -- now identified as Angel Pacheco -- in the front yard.  He was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he later died.  He says investigators have spoken with potential witnesses.  However... he says the fact Water Street doesn't have much traffic on it has limited the amount of information they've been able to get.  Samuelson says more information should be released later today.  He says police have no motive right now.  Samuelson says if you have any information on the incident, or may have heard something that could help the investigation, call JPD at 483-7537... or call their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.


City Council Finance Committee takes no action on four measures dealing with ARPA funding...
Members of the Jamestown City Council's Finance Committee have delayed action on four resolutions that deal with use of American Rescue Plan Act funds.  That from Committee Chairwoman Kim Ecklund... who says members of the panel agreed they want more details about what the money is being used for in the coming year.  Ecklund made the comments after expressing frustration over the lack of detail in Mayor Eddie Sundquist's 2022 budget proposal.  While it does attach dollar figures to most projects, there's not a lot of detail on how the funding is being used, and the committee would like more.  Ecklund says the biggest frustration is the fact that some of the city's $28-million in ARPA funding is "co-mingled" with the budget for next year.  Sundquist says he understands the desire for more detail... but, says they need to get plans in place to make sure they can do the projects before the 2026 deadline for the money to be used.  He says that's especially the case regarding some of the neighborhood and housing initiatives... because they need to line up contractors to get the work done on time. 


Hochul says administration moving more information on NYS COVID-19 Dashboard...
Governor Kathy Hochul says her administration has made further changes to the state's COVID-19 Dashboard to provide more information to residents about the number of cases, and where they are.  During a Tuesday morning press briefing in Albany... Hochul said they've merged more information into one, on-line location to be more transparent so people can get what they want at one site.  She says they're also updating their reporting of the numbers and percentages of vaccination on the Dashboard.  She says the number of people who have received at least one shot of a vaccine is now up to just over 86-percent.  Hochul expects that to go up, partly due to new vaccination requirements that take effect on Nov. 1.  She says that group will include Office of Mental Health and Psychiatric hospitals, and the Office of people with Disabilities.  With vaccines beginning to come on line for children... Hochul urged parents to begin inquiring with their pediatrician to start looking at times and dates for their child to get a vaccination, when they're availalbe.


Hochul pushing for everyone to be ready when Pediatric COVID vaccines are available...
Governor Kathy Hochul wants to make it as easy as possible for those students -- mainly in elementary schools -- to get the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.  Hochul says they want to avoid the immediate "crush" of people wanting to schedule appointments, as they did when the first vaccines came out.  While they'll be working with pediatricians... she says they also want to work with the schools, and others... including pharmacists, and urgent care facilities.  Hochul says the state will work on a permission slip that parents will be able to fill out for their children so they can receive a COVID shot... once their district provides it.  Currently... people ages 12 and up can receive the vaccine.  Once emergency authorization is given... 5 to 11 year-olds will be able to receive a shot.


Two North County water projects part of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's $13.7-million in projects approved...
Two water infrastructure projects in the northern part of Chautauqua County will be receiving just over $3-million in federal funding for projects.  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the money is from about $13.7-million for water projects in rural communities.  Gillibrand says the largest grant is just over $2.28-million... and will be used to upgrade nearly 13,000 linear feet of an eight-inch main in the town of Dunkirk's Shorewood District.  The other grant... totaling $920,000... will go to construct a public water distribution system in the town of Westield.  Gillibrand says it's part of a $1.8-million project to build that system.  Gillibrand says the funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to modernize rural drinking water, and wastewater infrastructure throughout the state. 


 


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