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WJTN News Headlines for Thurs., Nov. 4, 2021

Mayville man arrested for kidnapping and leading police on high-speed chase...
A wanted Mayvllle man has been arrested for allegedly holding a woman against her will during a high-speed pursuit in the town of Ellicott.  Sheriff's officers were alerted shortly after Midnight Wednesday that 35 year-old Dimas Rios was driving with a female inside the vehicle.  Deputies say Rios was wanted on a Felony warrant for second-degree kidnapping... and, they found his car at a business on Route 60... north of Jamestown.  When trying to make contact... officers say the car drove off at a high rate of speed... and, a pursuit began.  Deputies say the pursuit continued Ellicott and the city of Jamestown, before ending when the vehicle became stuck in a yard on Vinnie Street in Jamestown.  Rios then fled the scene... and, police got the woman out of the car safely.  The Sheriff's Department K-9 was brought in... and, tracked Rios hiding near a home two-blocks away.  Rios was arrested on numerous charges... including first-degree unlawful imprisonment... and reckless endangerment, reckless driving, third-degree unlawfully Fleeing Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle.  He will also be remanded to the county jail on the Felony kidnapping charge.


Weekly COVID numbers in Chautauqua County up, hospitalizations down...
The number of new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 is on the rise in Chautauqua County over the past week... with the highest number reported in about a month.  That from the county's Health Department... which is reporting 313 new cases... as well as five deaths.  Officials say the five deaths brings that total to 211.  They say there have now been 13,441 total cases to date... and, 296 are currently active.  However, hospitalizations are down to 15.  Officials say 102 of those were reported in the Jamestown 14701 zip code.. and, 12,934 cases have now recovered. 


Ribbon cut on The Waterfront Pharmacy in The Chautauqua Center in Jamestown...
The ribbon was cut Wednesday afternoon on the new Waterfront Pharmacy... which was three-years in the making... at The Chautauqua Center in downtown Jamestown.  The pharmacy at the non-profit healthcare facility on Institute Street will allow the center's patients to obtain low cost prescription drugs.  One of the people involved in helping to get the pharmacy open was State Senator George Borrello who says it was important to get "affordable pharmacutial drugs to the community."  Borrello points out the Waterfront Pharmacy is part of the federally-qualified 340-B Program, which keeps costs low for qualified patients.  The Chautauqua Center's Chief Executive Officer Michael Pease says the pharmacy now offers the same prescription service to the community as it provides to TCC patients.  Pease says the Chautauqua Center also plans to open a similar pharmacy at their new facility in the north county city of Dunkirk at 75 East Third St.  The pharmacy distributes about 3,800 prescriptions a month... and, employees about 10 people.  The pharmacy is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Friday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information... call (716) 483-4334 ext. 1333.


Turn-out for Election in Chautauqua County was 32%...
It appears that turn-out was slightly below projections on election day in Chautauqua County Tuesday.  That from the county's Board of Elections Wednesday... as officials are currently determining which contests could be affected by absentee and affidavit ballots.  Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says he was hoping for more voters... even thought it was an off-presidential and gubernatorial year.  Abram says turn-out appears to be about 32%, but he was hoping for high-30s to low-40s.  He says he and Democratic Elections Commissioner Luz Torres are now reviewing each contest... to see where absentee or affidavit ballots could change the results.  He says there were no major issues at their nearly 50 polling sites across the county on Tuesday.


Sheldon "estatic" with GOP picking up at least two new seats on City Council...
There is no real secret to how Jamestown Republicans were able to pick-up two more seats... and, maybe one more... on the City Council in Tuesday's election.  The GOP unofficially has a 7-to-2 majority after sweeping the three at-large seats... and winning the Ward-6 race with young newcomer, Andrew Faulkner.  Faulkner defeated incumbant Democratic Tom Nelson 305-to-243.  First-Ward Councilman and City GOP Chairman Brent Sheldon was estatic with the results... which he says can be attributed to "hard work."  Sheldon did say there may have been some dissatisfaction with Democrats... and or some of the policies of Democratic Mayor Eddie Sundquist.  He says the one other race they may have won is in Ward-3 where Democrat Regina Brackman leads newcomer Robert Reedy, Jr. by 11 votes... 159-to-148.  Sheldon says that race will likely be decided by absentee ballots.  Republican Randy Daversa won the open at-large seat... joining Kim Ecklund and Jeff Russell.. who were re-elected convincingly.  Incumbant Republicans Sheldon... and City Council President Tony Dolce ran unopposed.        


!!SPORTS... Sabres trade Eichel to Golden Knights...
The Jack Eichel era in Buffalo is over.  The Sabres have ended an eight-month stalemate by trading their former captain and face of the franchise to the Vegas Golden Knights.  The trade ends a bitter feud between Eichel and Buffalo over how to repair a herniated disk in his neck, which has sidelined him since March.  The dispute revolved around the NHL's collective bargaining agreement giving teams the final say over the treatment of injuries.  Eichel is expected to have the disk replacement surgery he preferred, though the recovery timetable means he'll likely miss most if not all of the remainder of the season.  Buffalo acquired forward Alex Tuch, rookie center Peyton Krebs and two draft picks.


 


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