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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Oct. 31, 2022

Five people hurt after Sheriff's Dept. patrol car hits Amish buggy from behind...
Five people were hurt when the Amish Buggy they were riding in was struck from behind by a marked Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department patrol car in the town of Chautauqua.  Officers say the car was traveling northwests on the Stockton-Hartfield Road about 9 p.m. last night when the accident occured.  Deputies say the speed limit was 55 mph on the unlit road.  They add the buggy was heavily-damaged... and, the horse pulling it had to be destroyed due to it's injuries.  Officers say the five people in the buggy were taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of their injuries.  The deputy was not hurt.  Deputies say several Fire Departments and the County Medic Unit were dispatched to the scene due to the number of injuries.  The investigation into the crash is continuing.


Teenager killed after car slams into tree last Saturday night in Cattaraugus County...
A 17 year-old girl was killed... and, two other people are in critical condition... following a one-car crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Machias last weekend.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say the car went out of control on a sharp curve at an intersection... went off the road and struck a tree about 10:30 last Saturday night.  The teenaged girl was pronounced dead at the scene... while two others were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  The other passengers suffered minor injuries.  The investigation into the crash is continuing... and, no other details are being released at this time.


Investigation continues into fire at vacant house in Jamestown...
The investigation is continuing into an early morning fire last weekend in a vacant house on Jamestown's northside.  City Fire Battlion Chief Brian Acterberg says crews were called to the scene at 129 Price St. just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday... and, found fire coming from a second-floor room that had begun spreading to a second room.  Aceterberg says firefighters had the flames out fairy quickly.  However... they were at the scene until abouit 5 a.m.  The two rooms involved were gutted... and no injuries were reported.


Quattrone echos two state agencies in warning of Deer accidents being on the increase...
Two agencies in New York state are urging motorists to watch out for deer during their travels this fall.  The Department of Environmental Conservation... and, Department of Motor Vehicles... say that deer are more active this time of the year.  Chautauqua Sheriff Jim Quattrone is offering some tips... including the fact that there are often more than one of them around.  Quattrone says don't hit the brake when a deer jumps out on the road... but, let off the gas first.  He adds that drivers should also look out for deer crossing signs... but, adds that can happen anywhere.  He says it's important to reduce your speed when in those areas where there tend to be more deer.


Goodell and Lewis debate issues from inflation, to energy policy...
The candidates running for the 150th New York State Assembly District squared off in a debate in the north county late last week.  Incumbant Republican Assemblyman Andy Goodell says the most pressing issue facing the district -- and county -- is inflation.  Mainly if you received a 2% pay raise, but, inflation goes up by 8%.  Goodell says "that's a serious issue."  He adds that energy policy in Albany is also driving up those costs.  Meanwhile... Democratic challenger Sandra Lewis from Fredonia says county needs more financial assistance from Albany because Chautauqua is one of the "poorest counties in one of the richest states."  Other issues that were discussed during the one-hour debate in Dunkirk included the need for a new hospital in the North County area, and climate change legislation. 


Two arrested for alleged altercation in town of Chautauqua
Two people from Mayville have been arrested for allegedly entering another person's home... and, getting into a physical altercation with that person.  Sheriff's officers were called to a location in the town of Chautauqua shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday... and, found that 39 year-old Joshua Goodwill, and 29 year-old Samantha Green... had entered the unidentified victim's home unlawfully and Goodwill had made physical contact with the victim without their permission.  While arresting Green... she allegedly resisted deputies.  Goodwill was charged with second-degree trespass... and, second-degree harassment.  Green was charged with second-degree trespass... and, resisting arrest.  Both were arraigned... and, issued appearance tickets for Chautauqua Town Court.


Cooperative Extension reports growth over past year...
Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County is growing... and ready to offer more educational services in agriculture, nutrition and Four-H.  At last week’s annual meeting... Executive Director, Emily Reynolds called it an ‘exciting time' by adding five new positions over the past year.  Reynolds credits the growth to three factors: more grant money, being fiscally responsible during the pandemic, and increased county funding before and after COVID.  She called the increase in 4-H funding "generous."  The recently passed county budget will provide seed funding for several agri-tourism events including Visit the Farm Day, Meat Your Farmer, and the Farmer Neighbor Dinner.


Trick or Treat Trail in Jamestown a success...
The city of Jamestown’s new Halloween event was a terrific success.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says many children and families went to the ‘Trick or Treat Trail’ along the Riverwalk Saturday night... and, says they easily doubled the number of people that typically attended previous festivals at the former Allen Park Ice Rink.  The weather was perfect for what the Parks Department billed as the ‘1st Annual Trick or Treat Trail.’