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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Sept. 12, 2022

Two dead, one critically hurt, in single-car crash in Cattaraugus County last Friday night...
Two men are dead... and, a woman is in critical condition... following a one-car accident late last Friday night in the Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire.  State Police in Machias says the car... driven by 30 year-old Jarrett Kile of Arcade... was northbound on State Rt. 16 about 10:30 p.m. when the crash occured.  Witnesses tell troopers that the vehicle was operating erractically before it went off the road... got airborne... and, slammed into a utility pole.  Police say Kile and his front seat passenger, 33 year-old Willie Boyles of Delevan, were ejected from the vehicle.  Troopers say Kile was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cattaraugus County Coroner and Boyles was rushed to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville... and, later succumbed to his injuries.  Police say the rear seat passenger, 31 year-old Amber Cosentino of Delevan, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo where she's in critical condition with multiple injuries.  The investigation is continuing.


One person killed in second, fatal crash in Cattaraugus County last weekend...
One person was killed last Saturday night in a one-car accident on Pigeon Hill Road in the Cattaraugus County town of Freedom.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say the driver, who was not identified, was operating the vehicle just after 6 PM when the crash occured.  That person was pronounced dead at the scene.  Deputies say the three passengers in the car were transported to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment.  Officers say the investigation is continuing.


Resident complaints about deer problem in Jamestown continue; council president looking at new committee...
City lawmakers in Jamestown received more complaints in August about the on-going deer problem in the city.  Barker Street resident Robert Sisley complained about deer destroying several flowers and other plants in his home's garden.  Sisley was unhappy that city council did not approved an earlier committee's recommendations on dealing with the problem.  He says he's got one whole side of his house that has nothing but "stems left..." and, some others were eaten to the ground.  Sisley says city council should have done more homework on the matter and been able to answer any "last minute" questions and concerns before voting on a plan.  Lawmakers themselves have also expressed concerns about the deer population... but, also the idea of harvesting deer through a limited hunt in sparsely populated parts of the city.  Sisley says there are other places in the country that have done that successfully, and lawmakers should further investigate.  City Council President Tony Dolce says they are looking into forming a new committee.


Schmidt clarifies announcement that he'll use another 30 days on evidence discovery in Matar case...
It will take up to 30 more days to process more than 30,000 files of evidence in the case of the man who attacked author Salmon Rushdie on Aug. 12 at Chautauqua Institution.  That from Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt... in a press release last weekend.  The prosecution in the case against the attacker, 24 year-old Hadi Matar of New Jersey, would normally be required to provide evidence under New York's discovery laws within 20 days after a suspect is arraigned.  However... Schmidt has informed County Court Judge David Foley... and, Public Defender Nathanial Barone... that due to the unusually large amount of evidence, he will be taking up to 30 additional days to review and assemble that evidence.  The D-A noted that this is "a matter of right..." and, does not require a motion to the judge to do it.  Schmidt informed the court of his intentions during a discovery conference last Thursday.  Another pre-trial conference is set now set for this Wednesday for Matar.  Rushdie is still recovering from his injuries.


YWCA ‘Reunion’ at Lake Lodge a success...
The Jamestown YWCA used its Lake Lodge in Lakewood for a ‘reunion’ on Sunday.  Executive Director Amanda Gesing says they invited current and former board members, friends, supporters, clients and employees to visit.  Gesing says, with COVID in the rear view mirror, now was a good time to get everyone back together.  Gesing says the YW was ‘stable’ through COVID-19, and is now looking to grow.  One of the emerging program areas is ‘social justice and race equity.'  She says they've hired someone to help lead that program... and, they've promoted another person to be 'mission and impact' director.  The YWCA is also continuing it's well-established childcare and ‘teen education and adolescent motherhood’ programs.  Effective this year, anyone who supports the mission of the YWCA can join... with no membership fee.


Monument for Olympic champion Jenn Suhr unveiled in Fredonia...
A Fredonia native and two-time Olympic medalist who recently retired from athletic competition was honored Saturday afternoon for her career achievements.  Jenn Suhr, along with her husband Rick and members of the Fredonia Olympic Celebration Committee, unveiled a monument in front of a crowd that gathered in Barker Common for the ceremony.  Julie Essek, who heads up the committee, thanked Suhr for her perseverance throughout her career, which included an Olympic gold medal in 2012, an Olympic silver in 2008, and 17 U.S. pole vaulting championships.  Essek says the community congratulates Suhr, and "wished her the best in retirement."  Suhr expressed her appreciation for the support she has received during her career, saying that her fans' support during her times of struggle was more important than when she won her gold medal.