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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Aug. 2, 2022

Fredonia pub damaged by fire Monday afternoon...
No one was hurt... but, a mid-afternoon fire Monday damaged a long-time tavern in the north count village of Fredonia.  Chautauqua County fire investigators say Fredonia fire crews were called to Heenan's Bar at 39 East Main Street about 3 p.m., and, crews were able to extinguish the blaze quickly.  Fredonia got mutual aid at the scene from city of Dunkirk, and Sheridan firefighters.  Investigators were called in... and, say they determined the fire on the exterior of the building at ground level.  They add the investigation will continue. 


County BOE reminds residents that early voting for special election and GOP primary beings Aug. 6...
Early voting begins a week from this coming Saturday, Aug. 6 for the special election and Republican primary for New York's 23rd Congressional District.  The Chautauqua County Board of Elections will be utilizing four locations in the county for that.  That from Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram... who says the Special Election to fill out the remaining four months of former Congresman Tom Reed's term... pits Republican Joe Sempelinski against Democrat Max Della Pia.  Abram says both that, and the Republican primary between state GOP leader Nick Langworthy and Buffalo-area developer Carl Paladino are running at the same time.  Sempelinski is Reed's former chief of staff.  Any registered voter can take part in the Special Election.  However... Abram emphasizes that only Republicans will receive the second ballot to vote for either State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, or Buffalo Developer Carl Paladino for the primary to run for a full, two-year term in the 23rd District against Della Pia in November.  Meanwhile... Abram says all polling locations in the county will be open on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Sinclairville man arrested for attempted assault...
A man from Sinclairville has been arrested for allegedly trying to assault another person during an altercation in the village early Monday afternoon.  Sheriff's deputies were called to a location on Main Street in Sinclairville about 12:30 p.m. for an "assault in progress."  Officers say their investigation led to the arrest of 31 year-old Ronald Dunam, Junior after he allegedly struck another individual.  They say Dunam was charged with third-degree attempted assault... and, taken to the county jail pending arraignment.


Alleged domestic in Cattaraugus County leads to arrest of Jametown woman...
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's officers say an alleged domestic incident involving two women in the town of Randolph has led to the arrest of a Jamestown woman.  Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley were called to the scene on Windmill Road Sunday morning... and, saw the vehicle of one woman trying to leave the scene.  Officers say they found both women inside the car once they stopped it... and found that one, identified as 45 year-old Tammy Wendell, had a warrant for her arrest.  She was taken into custody... and, issued an appearance ticket for Randolph Town Court.  Sheriff's officers say the domestic incident was investigated... but no other charges were filed.


Borrello wishes new president and CEO at Brooks Hospital the best in trying to turn it around...
State Senator George Borrello is reacting to the recent announcement of a new President and Chief Executive Officer of Brooks-TLC Hospital in Dunkirk.  The Sunset Bay Republican says he looks forward to working with Kenneth Morris, who succeeds Mary LaRowe who is left the post Monday for retirement.  Borrello says "we'll support them..." but, warns there needs to be more transparency as to what's going on there.  Meanwhile... Borrello says a special task force will hold its first meeting to analyze Brooks-TLC's plan for a new hospital and present a better plan.  Borrello says he, Assemblyman Andy Goodell... and, County Executive P-J Wendel were part of the effort to create the panel.  He says it's crucial that a plan is developed for the hospital that's financially sustainable.


City Council approves "Vision Zero" traffic safety policy...
The Jamestown City Council has approved a new highway design policy that says traffic fatalities are "preventable" versus "inevitable."  Lawmakers recently adopted the policy called "Vision Zero..." which began in places like Sweden in the mid 1990s as a new approach to dealing with traffic safety for motorists, pedestrians and bike riders.  Mayoral Assistant Zach Altschuler has been the point-man for the city on the effort... and, says the policy recognizes that people -- driver's aren't perfect -- so mistakes need to be considered when making decisions.  Altschuler presented the police to the Public Safety Committee... which then approved it to go before the full city council.  Council President Tony Dolce says traffic has been one of the biggest issues facing Jamestown because it's an older city... that began at a time when there was really no vehicular travel at all.  In addition to cars... he says motorcycles and bicycles are part of the equation.  Dolce says that's especially been the case around the neighborhood elementary and junior high schools.  He says they were built at a time where there wasn't as much vehicular traffic in those areas.