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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., Oct. 18, 2022

JPD SWAT Team members urge city lawmakers to approve purchase of Armored Vehicle...
The Jamestown City Council will vote next week on purchasing an armored SWAT Vehicle for the police department for a quarter of a million dollars.  During last night's work session... lawmakers heard an extensive presentation and discussion by JPD SWAT Team members, and Police Chief Timothy Jackson about the need for a vehicle to protect their men... and, residents.  Jackson says they're only one of 27 SWAT Teams in New York state that are certified.  He says the requirements for certification are stringent, and, adds the officers involved deserve to have that added protection.  Within the past six years... he says the SWAT Team has been called to deal with 199 incidents... the majority of which were dealing with drug cases with weapons involved.  SWAT Team member, Lt. Sam Piazza, recalled the Todd Ave. stand-off a few years ago with a man who shot and killed his estranged wife in a downtown parking lot... and, was hold-up with some weapons.  Piazza says they were fortunate the man didn't have any more weapons than he had, due to the seizure of several weapons just days before.  The man did stab a Jamestown Police K-9 during the incident... but, the dog did recover.  The "Bearcat" SWAT Vehicle would be purchased from Lenco Armored Vehicles of Pittsfield, Massachusetts for just over $247,000.  Chief Jackson noted that the city will likely have to wait about a year for the vehicle to be delivered.


City police recover body of dead man on East Second St. Monday...
Jamestown police are asking for the public's help in solving the "suspicious death" of a white male... who's body was found in a wooded area behind the 100-block of East Second Street early Monday afternoon.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says investigators are attempting to confirm the identification of the body with family members.   The Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Unit and the County Coroner are assisting with the investigation.  The body was found about 12 Noon.  Samuelson says the investigation is continuingj... and, anyone who may have information on the case is asked to call JPD at 483-7537.  He adds that anonymous tips can be left on the department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 483-Tips... that's 483-8477.


City man arrested for assault using a Lead Pipe...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly injuring another person with a lead pipe during a domestic incident on the city's eastside Sunday afternoon.  City police were called to the location about 4 p.m., and, found that 28 year-old Claude Wine, Jr. had assaulted the person with the pipe... and, the victim had to be taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  Wine was also found to have allegedly violated an order of protection the victim had against him.  He was arrested for second-degree assault... aggravated criminal contempt... and, aggravated family offense... and, jailed pending arraignment.


Georgia woman found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in fatal, wrong-way crash on I-86...
A Chautauqua County Court jury has found a Georgia woman guilty of second-degree vehicular manslaughter... criminally negligent homicide... and driving while ability impaired by drugs in connection with a deadly wrong-way crash July of 2021.  However... District Attorney Jason Schmidt says that 33-year-old Heather Capell was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the crash on Interstate 86 in the town of North Harmony.  Schmidt says they "firmly believed that the conduct here was reckless... and, would support the manslaughter-2nd charge."  However, he was pleased to have convictions on the other three charges.  Schmidt says "our hearts" go out to the family of the victim... 52-year-old Bradley Wakefield of Cattaraugus... who was on his way to work at Welch's when his car was struck by Capell's vehicle.  She was accused of driving east in the westbound lanes of I-86 when the 5 a.m. crash occured.  Schmidt says sentencing for Capell is set for Dec. 19... and, she faces a maximum of seven-years in prison. 


Jamestown-area gets first snow of season...
The first measurable snow of the season was seen in parts of Chautauqua County overnight, and this morning.  There was some wet snow in the air in places Monday afternoon... but, some of the snow overnight did stick.  Some places in the Jamestown-area got up to half-an-inch of wet, slushy snow... but, that was it.  Meteorologist Kirk Apfel of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the Lake Erie shoreline will see just rain today and tonight... but, further inland could be different.  Apfel says snow totals are forecast to be quite minimal with less than an inch of slushy snow.  Fairer, more fall like weather is expected to arrived by Friday and stay at least for the weekend.


Slagle to become new Chautauqua County Attorney in Jan. 1st...
A Jamestown man who has been First Assistant Chautauqua County Attorney will become the new County Attorney beginning next Jan. 1.  County Executive P.J. Wendel has announced that Patrick Slagle will replace the retiring Stephen Abdella... who has been County Attorney the past several years. Wendel says Slagle has been First Assistant County Attorney for the county's Law Department since Feb. 2022... and was previously an Assistant Social Services Attorney with the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.  Slagle is a member of the Jamestown Bar Association, and the Jamestown School Board.