Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Thurs., Dec. 30, 2021

Buffalo-area man arrested in DWI accident in Forestville...
A man from the Buffalo-area is charged with driving while intoxicated following a crash into a house on Center Street in the village of Forestville.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene shortly before Midnight last night... and found the driver, 32 year-old Matthew Logel of Eden... was operating the vehicle while drunk.  Deputies took Logel into custody on charges of DWI... speed not reasonable and prudent... and, Failure to Keep Right.  Logel was issued appearance tickets for Hanover Town Court at a later date.  There were no injuries as a result of this accident... and, only minor damage to the house.


Quattrone says state-wide crackdown on impaired driving crackdown continues through Saturday night...
A statewide crackdown continues on impaired driving during the New Year's Day holiday weekend in New York.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says local police agencies will be taking part in the crackdown... and, they'll be working with local, state and federal authorities on that.  Quattrone recently offered some safety tips concerning the holiday weekend.  He encourages people to plan ahead... and, have a designated driver... and utilize uber, or whatever services may be out there.  The statewide safety campaign continues through Saturday, New Year's Day.


WNY Missing and Unidentified Persons Network conducts search for missing Jamestown man...
An all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping find missing persons in the region held another search for a missing Jamestown man.  Merry Williams, who heads up the Western New York Missing and Unidentified Persons Network, says they searched the 800 through 1000 block of Prendergast Ave. this morning for clues into the whereabouts of 56 year-old Kevin Hornburg, who has not been seen or heard from since Nov. 22.  Williams says Hornburg was looking at moving right before he went missing near his Prendergast Avenue home... and, says they're hoping he just wandered away.  However, this is the first time he's ever missed Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family.  Williams says if you're unable to help with their searches... they do accept help with getting flyers put out.  She says the family is offering a $1,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.  If you have information... call Jamestown Police at 483-7536.  She says you can contact her on her personal facebook page... or the Western New York Missing and Unidentified Persons Network.


Sinclairville man arrested for allegedly stealing several guns from home...
A man from Sinclairville has been arrested for allegedly steaing several guns from a home in the village late this past September.  Sheriff's deputies say they arrested 26 year-old Austin Schwab of Jamestown Street late Monday following a lengthy investigation into the theft.  Officers took Schwab into custody on charges of fourth-degree grand larceny... and, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was taken to the county jail pending arraignment... and, will appear in Gerry Town Court at a later date.


Wendel voices concerns over latest COVID-19-related death numbers...
Chautauqua County's COVID-19 case numbers have been going down for three consecutive weeks... but, County Executive P.J. Wendel says he is concerned about the county's number of deaths from the virus.  On Tuesday... the county's Health Department reported 14 new deaths for the week of Dec. 19-25 to bring its total number of deaths to 271 since the beginning of the pandemic.  Wendel says it is unknown at this time how many of those deaths were unvaccinated people... he says that's also a growing concern.  He says the county is following the same trend as one year ago, when there was a decrease in cases in December, followed by an increase in early January.  He says next week will tell the tale of whether there will be more cases due to the holidays.  The county had 544 new cases of COVID-19 last week, which is 37.6% lower than its peak case number during the week ending Dec. 4.  Meanwhile, Wendel adds that county labs are not sequencing for the Omicron variant, but county officials are assuming that it is here.


Man arrested in Falconer for failing to register as a Sex Offender at last three addresses... 
A Falconer man has been arrested for being a sex offender who failed to register at his new address within 10 days under New York's Sex Offender Registry.  Ellicott Town Police say they took 40 year-old James Wall into custody Tuesday for allegedly failing to register his last three addresses within the required 10 days.  Wall was located, and arrested... and, taken to the county jail pending further court action.


Times Square New Year's show will go on despite virus surge, mayor says...
Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will ring in 2022 in Times Square as planned despite record numbers of COVID-19 infections in the city and around the nation.  De Blasio said on NBC's "Today" show on Thursday that he wants to show the world that the city is "fighting our way through this."  After banning revelers from Times Square a year ago due to the pandemic, city officials announced plans previously for a scaled-back New Year's bash with smaller crowds and vaccinations required.  The city's next mayor, Eric Adams, will take the oath of office in Times Square shortly after the ball drops.