Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Fri., Dec. 31, 2021 Happy New Year!

Erie, PA area woman killed in tractor-trailer, SUV crash on Route 5 in Westfield...
An Erie, PA-area woman was killed when her sports utility vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer yesterday afternoon on Route 5 in the town of Westfield.  State Police in Fredonia were called to the scene just after 1:30 p.m., and, found that the driver of the GMC was westbound when the vehicle cross the center line, and struck the Peterbuilt tractor-trailer.  The driver of the GMC, 45 year-old Jessica Swan of Waterford, PA, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The truck driver was not hurt, and the investigation is continuing.


Quattrone urges party-goers on New Year's Eve to have a designated driver, or get cab or uber...
The statewide crackdown continues on drunk and drugged-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... along with state and federal authorities.  Quattrone says the local numbers have been troubling in recent years... and, their most recent report shows such crashes now outnumber the county's "Part-One crimes."  He recently offered some safety tips concerning the holiday weekend.  He encourages people to plan ahead... if they're going to be out drinking.  Quattrone says, have a designated driver, or use a ride-sharing or taxi service.  The statewide safety campaign continues through Saturday, New Year's Day.


Forestville man arrested for DWI after car crashes into house...
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 Wednesday 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.


Former JPS Superintendent, Tim Mains, passes suddenly in downstate New York...
A former Jamestown Public School's superintendent, who most recently headed up a Hudson Valley district, has died suddenly at the age of 72.  The North Orange Daily News reports that Pine Bush District Superintendent Tim Mains had a sudden medical emergency Thursday... and, later died despite efforts to save his life.  Mains became Jamestown superintendent in August of 2013... and, served until February of 2017 when he was named superintendent at Pine Bush in northern Orange County, NY.  Jamestown School Board President Paul Abbott... in a release from the district said he was "deeply saddened" to hear of Main's passing.