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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., July 4, 2022

Two teens killed in three-car crash in Cattaraugus County...   
Two teenaged boys were killed in a three-car crash last Sunday afternoon in the Cattaraugus County town of Cold Spring.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene on West Perimeter Road shortly before 3 p.m.  Deputies say a 16, and a 19-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene.  They add that five other people involved were treated at the scene for minor injuries and later released.  The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the tragic accident with it's Accident Reconstruction Team.  No names have been released.  Multiple fire departments assisted at the scene.


Mayville man arrested in North Harmony for walking with loaded hand gun...
A Mayville man has been arrested for allegedly being spotted walking in the town of North Harmony with a loaded hand-gun before tossing it to the ground.  Sheriff's officers were called to a location in the area of the Sherman-Stedman... and, Havercamp Roads shortly after 1 a.m. last Saturday morning.  Deputies say they made contact with the suspect, 27 year-old Alexander Latta, when they arrived.  They soon after called in Sheriff's K-9 "Link..." and, found the pistol along the side of the road.  Police arrested Latta for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon...and seventh-degree criminal  possession of a controlled substance.  He was taken to the County Jail pending arraignment.


Jamestown Police report 25 arrests for illegal gun possession during latest GIVE Detail...
There have been 25 arrests over the past week during the Jamestown Police Department's most recent Targeted Enforcement Patrols through-out the city.  JPD officials say the patrols are funded by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services "Gun Involved Violence Elimination" -- or GIVE Initiative.  Police say the enforcement details were proactive in nature and focused on Problem-Oriented Policing to curb crime in the city -- based on Hot-Spot Policing, Focused Deterrence, and Street Outreach.  Officers conducted traffic stops, warrant checks, beat patrols, and domestic violence case follow-ups.  They say the arrests included:  warrant arrests, crime in progress arrests, order of protection violation arrests, foot pursuits, and narcotics arrests.  JPD says more GIVE Details will be conducted through the summer.  If you have any information on crimes in the city... contact JPD at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Spanos says Aging Services Office up and running, but, with fewer staff for the time being...
It's been difficult for many businesses and agencies to get back up and fully-operating as the COVID Pandemic winds down... and the Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services has been no exception.  The executive director for the Office for Aging Services, Mary Ann Spanos, says part of the problem is they are down five staff members from before the pandemic.  Even with that... Dr. Spanos says many of their programs are back up and running.  However... she adds there won't be a Senior Picnic again this year at Midway State Park.  Spano says they may have "several" smaller picnics around the county next year so more people can attend.  Spanos says their Farmers Market coupon program is back again this year.  Also coming up is a special program with State Senator George Borrello about Elder Fraud on July 15... and, it's being co-hosted by the United Senior Council.  She says there will be several speakers, including Sheriff Jim Quattrone.  Elder Fraud and Abuse remain significant problems in the senior population.  Spanos made her comments for last weekend's Community Spotlight program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Borrello blasts Democrats on Extraordinary Legislative Session...
A rushed and secretive process for the New York state legislature's extraordinary session in Albany has produce what local State Senator George Borrello calls "a terrible gun control bill."  Lawmakers were called back to Albany Thursday... and, Borrello says legislation "should have been ready and waiting for discussion and debate."  The Sunset Bay Republican says the measures approved will do nothing to make New Yorkers safer.  In addition... he says while unrestricted abortion rights are already codified in state law... the governor and legislature majorities also jammed a measure that would enshrine abortion under the equal protection clause of the state Constitution into the agenda.  He called it nothing more than an effort to capitalize politically on the recent Supreme Court decision.  


Man arrested in Forestville for assault...
A Forestville man is accused of assaulting another person during an alleged fight in the north county community early last weekend.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene just before Midnight Friday... and, arrested 42 year-old Douglas Baldwin for third-degree assault.  Deputies say Douglas was taken into custody...and, processed at the Hanover Substation before being taken to the County Jail pending centralized arraignment.


Falconer man arrested on Leandra's Law violation in Hanover...
A Falconer man faces a Leandra's Law violation after being found drinking and driving with a child passenger last weekend.  Sheriff's Officers were called to vehicle complaint on Hanover Road in the town of Hanover about 7:40 p.m. last Saturday... and, stop the car.  Deputies say the driver, 36 year-old Joshua Stenstrom was driving drunk... and, he was arrested.  Officers charged him with Aggravated DWI With child passenger less than 16 Years Old... Aggravated DWI... DWI... and, fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child.  Stenstrom was processed... and, taken to the county jail pending arraignment.

 

Have a great and safe 4th of July!