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WJTN News Headlines for Fri., Aug. 19, 2022

(**Bulletin)One killed, one wounded in daylight shooting in Jamestown...
One person has been killed... and, another wounded in a daylight shooting in the middle of the 800-block of Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown.  Few details have been released... but, police were called to the scene shortly after 1 PM.  There was still a heavy police presence at mid-afternoon as investigators combed over the area.  There was a white sedan with blood showing on the driver's side... and, a covered body on the street.  Chief Timothy Jackson confirms the fatality... and, says the shooting appears to have been targeted.  Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7537 or the JPD Tip Line at 483-8477.  They say all tips are confidential.  The person wounded was taken to a regional hospital.  No arrests have been reported.  More when it becomes available.


Matar indicted by Chautauqua County Grand Jury, pleads not guilty in Rushdie stabbing...
The man accused of stabbing famed author Salman Rushdie as he was about to give a lecture at Chautauqua Institution has now been formally arraigned on an attempted murder charge.  The A--P and ABC News say 24 year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey pled not guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted murder in county court Thursday... after an indictment was handed up by the county Grand jury.  The A--P is also reporting that Judge David Foley denied bail for Matar... who was arrested after he rushed the stage at the institution last Friday morning.  He then stabbed Rushdie several times in front of a horrified crowd.  Rushdie is 75, and is getting treatment at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital for severe wounds.  During the court hearing, public defender Nathaniel Barone asked Foley to do something to stop reporters from trying to contact Matar at the county jail.  Barone says the jail had received ``several hundred phone calls.''  Foley issued a gag order in the case.


Chautauqua instituting more security measures in wake of attack on Rushdie...
Chautauqua Institution is continuing to beef up security following last Friday's attack on author Salman Rushdie in the amphitheater.  That from Chautauqua Spokesperson Vanessa Weinert... who says there's now a 'no bags' policy in place, and all gate passes and tickets now require identification.  Weinert says another major move is now in effect... that being use of metal detecting technology at some venues.  Weinert says Chautauquans have been very supportive of the Institution following last week's incident... echoing what President Michael Hill said after it occured.  She says "we have to reclaim the podiums and pulpits with programming that meets the ideals of Chautauqua and Salman Rushdie."  Chautauqua's nine week season comes to a close a week from Sunday on Sun. Aug. 28.


Missing girl in Mina got stuck in thick brush...
The 6 year-old girl who went missing just over an hour in the Findley Lake area was found safe and sound in the Route 430 area after getting stuck in a thick area of brush.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday... and, conducted a preliminary search of the buildings on the property.  Sheriff's K-9 "Link" was then deployed on an area search.  After about an hour of searching... the K-9 located picked up an 'odor trail' and began tracking into a wooded area.  The dog found the girl stuck in the brush about half-a-mile from her home.  She was uninjured and returned to her family.  Sheriff's deputies were assisted by State Forest Rangers, the Findley Lake and Sherman Fire Departments... and county EMS.


TRC to Open first ever retail location, "CHQ Plus..."
The Resource Center will soon be opening its first ever retail location… in the Wellman Building in downtown Jamestown.  TRC’s Director of Employment and Community Services, Terri Johnson, says the store will be called ‘CHQ Plus.'  Johnson says they'll be selling items either man by locatl residents, or people with disabilities.  ‘CHQ Plus’ will also help the Resource Center prepare persons with disabilities to enter the workforce by giving them training in a retail setting.  The exact opening date for the store has not been set.   ‘CHQ Plus’ is a collaborative project of the Resource Center, the county Chamber of Commerce, and the Gebbie Foundation.


County Airport near Jamestown to celebrate 90th birthday this weekend...
The Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown will celebrate its 90th anniversary this weekend with two special events.  Airports Manager, Shannon Barnhart, says the first will be an outdoor showing of the Disney movie ‘Planes’ tonight at dusk, around 8:15 p.m., on a knoll outside one of the hangers.  Barnhart says the movie is free.  Popcorn and drinks will be sold to benefit a couple of not for profit organizations.  The other special event is a Three-C’s pancake breakfast Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the terminal building.  The cost is $15 person, $8 for children 12 and under.  Airport historian, and pilot, Mike Johnson, says the official grand opening of the Jamestown field was held on Aug.t 20, 1932.


Schumer sounds alarm on Spotted Lanternfly being seen in upstate New York, need for federal effort to eradicate...
Nearly every region of upstate New York has now reported seeing the invasive Spotted Lanternfly putting crops and wineries at risk.  That from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer... who says the U.S. Department of Agriculture needs to deploy federal funds he's secured for the state to educate the public and eradicate the insect.  The New York Democrat is also pushing an additional $22-million in the upcoming budget for the state's Integrated Pest Management Program.  While the Spotted Lanternfly has not been reported in Chautauqua County so far... Schumer says it's now being reported in the Finger Lakes... Southern Tier... Central New York... the Hudson Valley... and, Capital Regions.