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Chautauqua County has biggest one-day number of COVID Cases Tuesday...
There have been a record number of positive cases of the COVID-19 Virus reported in Chautauqua County over the past day... and, a large number of people are in quarantine or isolation.  That from County Executive P-J Wendel... who says there are 13 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus... bringing the local number to 150 cases.  Wendel says there is a pediatric case... along with a girl in her teens... nine women in their 20s... a woman in her 30s and another in her 60s.  Wendel says there are currently 17 active cases... and, they continue to recover.  In addition... 166 people are now under quarantine or isolation orders.  Wendel says no one is hospitalized... and, there have been no new deaths.  He says 17,259 negative test results have now been reported.  The county's Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to make good choices.  There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  That means it is up to all of us to prevent illness by avoiding exposure to the virus. 


Three more states added to NYS COVID-19 Quarantine list...
New York is now requiring people from three additional states to quarantine for 14 days as more individuals are testing positive for COVID-19 nationwide.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a Tuesday press release that Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma now join a total of 19 states that qualify under New York's metrics for community spread.  Cuomo's advisory applies to states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average, or states with a 10-percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.


City police looking into reported shooting Tuesday...
Jamestown police are looking for two male suspects in connection with a shots fired incident on the city's northside late yesterday afternoon.  City Police confirm the shootings -- with at least one person being struck -- occured in the area of Cherry and West Ninth Streets shortly before 5 p.m.  However... no victims or suspects were found when police arrived on scene.  Anyone with information is asked to contact JPD at 483-7537... or the confidential tips line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Samuelson says man arrested in connection with alleged stabbing in downtown area late Monday...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly murdering another city man during a fatal stabbing near the downtown area late Monday night.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 28 year-old Carl Sorenson is accused of stabbing 23 year-old Brandon Holland during a brief altercation on North Main Street -- near Fourth -- shortly after 10 p.m.  Samuelson says they have been able to find some physical evidence in the case... but, would not say if they had found a weapon.  He says Sorenson was arrested Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge.  He earlier said that this was a "targeted incident."  Samuelson says investigators were also able to get surveillance video from the area... which shows Sorenson going after Holland as he walked on North Main Street.  Samuelson says Holland was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he died of injuries.  Sorenson is to be arraigned this morning.


Surveillance cameras important in stabbing arrest...
As with many recent investigations and arrests in downtown Jamestown... surveillance cameras played a major role in the arrest of Carl Sorenson.  JPD Captain Samuelson says the city has put up several for added security the past couple of years... and, many businesses have also.  Samuelson says they were able to use several business cameras on North Main... as well as the public safety camera at Sixth and Main Streets.  Samuelson says there may be further charges placed in the case... in particular regarding the third-party that may have been involved in the first incident. 


Sundquist appoints Interim Police Chief to replace the retiring Snellings...
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist has announced the naming of City Police Lieutenant Timothy Jackson to be Interim Police Chief once current Chief Harry Snellings retires this Friday.  Sundquist says the appointment needs to be approved by the City Council.  He says Jackson has been with JPD since May of 2000. He also is a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy professor and served our country in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 2002 to 2008.  Jackson is a Jamestown resident.  Sundquist says he's excited" to appoint Jackson as Acting Police Chief as we continue our search to fill that position permanently. I’m fully confident in Lieutenant Jackson’s ability to lead the department through this time of transition.”  City Council will act on the appointment at it's July 27 voting session.


Sinclairville toddler drowns in Monday pool accident... 
A 3-year-old toddler from the town of Gerry has died in a tragic drowning in an above-ground swimming pool on Damon Hill Road.  State Police in Jamestown initially responded to a missing child report just before 5 p.m. Monday.  The child was found at the bottom of the pool and unresponsive.  Police say troopers and a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy tried to save the child, but, were unsuccessful.  The child had no life vest on at the time of the incident.  An autopsy will be performed.


Landlord-tenant dispute leads to alleged shooting...
A Little Valley man is being held on $25,000 bail for allegedly shooting another man in the town of Farmersville.  State Police responded to Route 98 for a male with multiple gunshot wounds last Friday.  Investigation revealed that the landlord of the property, 51 year-old Daniel Langdon-junior, got into a fight with the 40 year-old tenant.  Troopers say during the altercation... Langdon allegedly pulled a legally-owned 9-milimeter pistol and shot the victim multiple times.  The man was flown to the Erie County Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.  Langdon was arraigned for felony attempted murder and first-degree assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon. 
 

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WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 6, 2020

A woman in her 70s is the latest confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus in Chautauqua County... and, is one of 18 active cases locally.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says there are now 245 c...

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