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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Oct. 24, 2022

City man arrested for DWI following single-car accident...
A Jamestown man faces a driving while intoxicated charge after his car crashed into a tree on Hunt Road in the town of Busti last Saturday night.  Lakewood Busti Police say they were called to the scene shortly after 10 p.m.,  and, found the damaged vehicle... but, no one around it.  Their invesgiation found that the driver was 25 year-old Deontae Martin... and, he was later found at his residence.  Police say Martin admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana prior to the accident.  After failing all field sobriety tests... he was arrested for DWI and crossing the hazard line on the road.  Martin was issued appearance tickets for Busti Town Court.


Agent says Rushdie has permanent injuries from attack at Chautauqua...
Salman Rushdie's agent says the author has lost sight in one eye and the use of a hand as he recovers from an attack by a man who rushed the stage at Chautauqua Institution last August.  Andrew Wylie told the Spanish language newspaper El Pais in an article published Saturday that Rushdie suffered three serious wounds to his neck... and 15 wounds to his chest and torso in the attack that harmed the eye, and left a hand incapacitated.  The 24-year-old suspect in the case, Hadi Matar of New Jersey, has pleaded not guilty in the Friday, Aug. 12 attack as Rushdie was being introduced at the Institution amphitheater.


City Council to vote on purchase of Bearcat SWAT Vehicle tonight...
The Jamestown City Council will vote tonight on buying a new, Bearcat SWAT vehicle for the police department.  However... SWAT Team members say it will definately have more than one use.  That from Police Chief Tim Jackson during last week's work session... who says it can also be used for search and rescue, evacuating people, and a mobile trauma center.  Councilman Bill Reynolds, a retired JPD Officer, says having an armored vehicle will make a big difference... especially against armed drug dealers who are commiting war on city streets.  SWAT Team member, Detective Jay Wadsworth, says another major use would be in hostage situations.  JPD has had to respond to two other those the past few years.  Wadsworth says having the vehicle would allow them to be closer to the scene, and do any hostage negotiation... and, or rescue.  The SWAT Vehicle will be purchased Lenco Armored Vehicles of Massachusetts for just over $247,000.  It will be paid for with American Rescue Plan Act funds.  Tonight's Council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.


United Way Campaign reaches 25% of goal...
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County is about a quarter of the way towards it's 2022 General Campaign goal of $1.3-million.  United Way Executive Director Amy Rohler says they've made "great strides" early on... after starting the effort last month at the YWCA Lake Lodge in Lakewood.  Rohler says they've enjoyed being able to get out to make workplace presentations, which were called off during the pandemic.  She says a lot of donors give through their workplace.  She says they've already made a number of workplace presentations about the campaign... and where the money raised goes.  She says they've already been at New Flyer and the Jamestown Police Department.  Rohler says they often times will bring someone from a partner agency to give testimonials... which she says are very impactful.  The United Way campaign helps support some 42 programs among several member agencies... as well as the United Way's own programs.  The campaign continues through the end of the year.  For more information... call 483-1561... or go on-line to uwayscc.org.


Jamestown's 2022 Fall Leaf pick-up begins next Monday, Oct. 31...
Phase-one of the city of Jamestown's leaf collection program will begin on Monday, Oct. 31 in the Foote Ave. and Ivy St. areas.  That from city Public Works Director Jeff Lehman... who says residents are advised to rake their leaves to the terrace behind the curb and not into the street.  Lehman adds you should refrain from putting any trash, plastic bags, and containers in with the leaves.  He says all basketball hoops in the Right of Way must be removed.  Phase one will move west and north on Oct. 31 -- clockwise -- to Washington St.  Lehman says Phase-Two will begin in the Foote Ave., Martin Rd., and, Linwood Ave. areas on or around Nov. 14.  For more information... call the DPW at 483-7545.