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WJTN News Headlines for Mon., Jan. 16, 2023

Cattaraugus County man arrested for DWI following serious, two-car crash in Jamestown...
A Gowanda man is accused of driving drunk following a two-car accident in Jamestown last Friday afternoon that left the other driver involved with life-threatening injuries.  City police were called to the scene at Hazeltine Avenue and Colfax Street just after 12:30 p.m., and called for emergency medical attention for the woman driver.  Officers say she was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital with serious injuries... and, was later transferred to another hospital.  Police say further investigation revealed that the other driver involved in the crash, 23-year-old Matthew Kruszka, had been operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition.  He was arrested... and, was later given a breath test that found him to have a blood alcohol concentration of nearly twice the legal limit.  Kruszka was charged with DWI... and, follow-up with the injured driver revealed the life-threatening nature of her injuries.  Police say Kruszka was additionally charged with second-degree vehicular assault... and, jailed pending arraignment.


Three arrested in Jamestown -- one for third time in recent days -- for trespassing in condemned home...
Three city residents are accused of trespassing inside a condemned home on Jamestown's southside late last Saturday morning.  City police add that one of them... 31 year-old Matthew Buck... has now broken into condemned homes three times in just over the past three weeks.  Officers were called to the undisclosed location shortly after 10 a.m. on a report of people being inside.  After investigating... police found Buck... 35 year-old Andrea Robbins... and, 38 year-old Aaron Albaugh inside the residence unlawfully.  Police say the trio did not comply with their numerous commands to come out of the dwelling, forcing officers to gain entry to locate them.  All three were taken to the city jail without further incident... and, are each charged with third-degree criminal trespass... and, second-degree obstructing governmental administration.


Hochul pushes interagency cooperation to stem illegal drug trafficking and deaths...
Governor Kathy Hochul is proposing an interagency task force to deal with the ongoing opioid epidemic... and, the huge increase in Fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths.  During her State of the State Address... Hochul says she'll direct the state to work more with federal agencies to stop the flow of narcotics... and, test street drugs to see what's in them.  She says the state will send resources where they need to go, and expand access to technology to find deadly additives to illegal drugs -- like fentanyl.  Hochul says the new interagency task force will "examine every possible solution... and, make recommendations."  The amount of Fentanyl being found in recent months during drug raids in Jamestown and elsewhere have led to the discovery of more and more Fentanyl.  In fact... local, state and federal agencies discovered between 50,000 and 60,000 pills laced with Fentanyl during a traffic stop in Jamestown involving a Florida woman late last year.  


State DOH looking at options with courts striking down COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers...
The New York State Department of Health says the agency is ``exploring its options'' after a state Supreme Court judge struck down a mandate requiring health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  The agency on Saturday defended the mandate, saying in a statement that the requirement protects vulnerable New Yorkers... and, the people who care for them... and it's a critical public health tool.  The Syracuse Post-Standard reports Judge Gerard Neri said in a ruling released Friday that the governor and the health department overstepped their authority by mandating a vaccine not included in state public health law.  The judge sided with a group of medical workers called the Medical Professionals for Informed Consent.


Borrello objects to Hochul's call for tying minimum wage with rate of inflation...
One of the biggest applause lines in New York Governor Kathy Hochul's State of the State Address was a proposal to tie the state's minimum wage to the rate of inflation.  However... it's not a big hit with conservative Republicans.  Those are the feelings of local State Senator George Borrello... who says New York already has one of the highest minimum wages in the country.  In recent years... Borrello says the minimum has increased by 50%... and, is about twice the national minimum wage.  New York's minimum wage is now handled in two parts... one upstate and the other downstate.  The upstate minimum wage increased to $14.20 to begin the new year.  Meanwhile... Borrello says he's excited about being named by the Senate Republican Committee as the new Chair of their campaign committee for the upcoming election cycle. 


Documentary on racism, "Who We Are," being shown at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts tonight...
The public is invited to the showing of a documentary film chronicling racism in American tonight at Jamestown's Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  "Who We Are" is a nearly two-hour film by Emily and Sarah Kunstler... and, will be shown at 7 p.m. in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Chautauqua County IDEA member Marion Beckerink is one of the people involved in organizing the event... and, says the admission cost is $3.90 in honor of the 39 years MLK was alive.  The Jamestown YWCA is also involved in the effort... along with St. Luke's Church.  There will be a discussion afterwards.  Tickets can be purchased at the door... or on-line by 5 p.m. today.

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