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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Jan. 3, 2021

Jamestown teen dies after being struck by car carrier...
A 15 year-old Jamestown school student has been identified as the girl killed when she was struck by an 18-wheel car carrier at a busy intersection on the city's westside.  Jamestown Police were called to the scene at West Sixth and Washington Streets shortly before 12:30 p.m. last Friday after the carrier struck Alexis Hughan as she was crossing West Sith Street.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the driver of the carrier, 58 year-old Randall Rolison of Jamestown, allegedly drove off from the scene without stopping.  He was later stopped by Lakewood-Busti Police on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood after a description was broadcast.  Rolison was later charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.  He was arraigned in city court, and released per New York State Bail Reform statutes.


Fire destroys Ellery barn, but, animals are saved...
Several animals were saved late Sunday morning when fire engulfed a small barn in the town of Ellery.  Ellery Center firefighters were called to the scene on Ellery-Centrailia Road just before 11:30 a.m., and, found heavy fire when they arrived.  However... the owners and some neighbors stopped to successfully get several goats and chickens out from inside.  Ellery Center was joined at the scene by Fluvanna, Sinclairville, Maple Springs, Bemus Point, Gerry, Stockton, Ashville and DeWittville firefighters... and, Chautauqua County EMS.  The county's fire investigation team determined an electrical issue caused the blaze.  No human injuries were reported.


City Council to hold re-organizational meeting tonight...
While the Jamestown City Council's reorganizational meeting will be held tonight at City Hall... two outgoing members bid farewell to the panel at last week's year-end meeting.  Sixth Ward Democrat Tom Nelson was defeated in last November's race by Republican Andrew Faulkner... and, he admitted it was a "tough loss."  However... Nelson says his time on the panel -- overall -- was a positive experience.  He says it's made him more appreciative of what elected, and department leaders deal with every day, and year.  Nelson had chaired the council's Public Works Committee during his time on council.  Also not returning is at-large Democrat Tamu Graham-Reinhardt... who decided not to run for re-election.  She thanked at-large Republican Kim Ecklund for helping her during meetings... and, said it's not an easy job.  Graham-Reinhardt says it requires a lot of communication with fellow leaders, and constituents.  Reinhardt will be replaced on the panel by Republican Randy Daversa... who was elected last November.  Still in question is what will happen with the Ward-Five seat.  Republican Grant Olson was re-elected... but, had announced that he would not serve again shortly before the election because of business commitments.  It's not known who will replace him.  Tonight's reorganizational meeting begins at 7 p.m. 


Sundquist hoping to wrap up union contract negotiations this month...
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist had hoped to have all six of the city's employee unions under contract by the end of his first year in office.  That didn't happen... but, Sundquist is hoping to begin 2022 with all collective bargaining agreements in place.  There was still some unfinished business regarding a new Jamestown City Administrative Association contract... which was approved by the City Council December 27th... because it also had to be acted on by the city's Urban Renewal Agency.  While it's the same agreement, he says they are concurrent employees of JURA.  The JCAA Contract will run from January 1st of 2022 through December of 2025.  It represents about 30 city clerical and administrative employee, along with JURA employees.  City Council tabled action on a new fire contract at that meeting... but, Sundquist is hopeful that -- and a new police contract -- can be acted on later this month.  He says negotiations are ongoing with the Kendall Club-PBA.  City Council members said they wanted more time to review the agreement with the Jamestown Professional Firefighters Local #137... which would add four new firefighters to the department -- mainly to handle EMS duties, and a second ambulance.  It would also realign staffing for the department.


Warren, PA man arrested for alleged sexual assaults in town of Poland, Falconer, and Warren County...
A Warren, Pennsylvania man accused of sexually abusing an 11 year-old in Chautauqua County has been arrested on a multiple-count indictment.  Ellicott Town Police say the county Grand Jury handed up the indictment, and a warrant was issued on December 23rd for 25 year-old Joshua Erhard.  Erhard was accused last March for sexually assaulting the child in Falconer dating back to 2015.  
Erhard is accused of assaulting the child in the town of Poland, village of Falconer, and later Warren County through 2020.  He was arrested in Warren on charges of one count each of predatory sexual assault against a child, and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child... and, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Erhard was taken to the Warren County Jail pending extradiction to Chautauqua County.


Waterford, PA woman killed in SUV crash with tractor-trailer...
An Erie, PA area woman was killed when her sports utility vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer Friday 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.