Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Nov. 24, 2021

No one hurt in Harmony trailer fire...
A single-wide trailer in the town of Harmony has been destroyed by an overnight fire.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's investigators say Panama fire crews were called to the scene at 1136 Hoag Rd. shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.  Officials say the small trailer was completely leveled.  So far... investigators have been able to determine that the fire originated in the back of the home.  At this time... they say the cause is being ruled undetermined pending further interviews and investigation.  No injuries were reported.


City woman sentenced to time served in narcotic trafficking case...
A Jamestown woman convicted of maintaining a drug-involved premises has been sentenced to time served, and three-years probabion in federal court.  U.S. Attorney Trini Ross has announced that 30 year-old Chelsey Hunt received the sentence Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara.  Prosecutors say Hunt rented the second-floor of a Linden Avenue home, and lived there with her children between January and December of 2018.  She also allowed co-defendant Douglas Beardsley to live in the attic... where he allegedly ran a methamphetamine and heroin trafficking operation.  Prosecutors add that Hunt also took an active role in the operation, such as helping with Beardsley’s customers and providing information about police activity around the residence.  Hunt also sold small amounts of narcotics for him, and bought narcotics for her own use, as well.  Ross says charges are still pending against Douglas Beardsley.


Sundquist reports city, JCC, have jointly hired new grant writer...
The city of Jamestown and Jamestown Community College now have a grant writer who will help both entities go after state, federal and private funding that's available.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist recently announced the hiring of Paula Piccone to the shared position.  Sundquist says Piccone was hired from a pool of about a dozen applicants... and, says she has a very good record in her previous job with the Seneca Nation of Indians... where she brought in just over $11-million dollars the past year alone.  Late this Summer... Sundquist announced that both the city, and JCC, had begun the search for a grants writer that would be shared because neither could afford to have one person on the payroll.  The mayor says Pichone will be busy soon... because it appears funding from the $1.2-trillion federal infrastructure bill will be doled out through grant awards.  Sundquist says it will be sent out either by direct grant... or through the state.  He says little else has been announced regarding how the infrastructure monies will be sent out.


Sundquist also announces JFD is now able to bill for medical transports...
The city of Jamestown has begun billing insurance for medical transports made by the city's Fire department.  Mayor Sundquist recently told the City Council that they received their first checks back in October... and, through the early part of November... had received about $9,700.  Sundquist says they are not billing individual residents... but, insurance, Medicare or Medicaid for the transports.  He says the most recent delay in getting the program up and running was not being able to get their Medicare and Medicaid billing numbers.  Sundquist expressed his appreciation to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer's office for it's help in getting the matter resolved.


Jamestown woman arrested for allegedly forging checks for more than $700...
A city woman has been arrested for allegedly using three stolen checks to obtain more than $700 in the town of North Harmony.  State Police in Jamestown say they arrested 31 year-old Rebecca Pratt last week after the person she took the checks from reported fraudulent activity on his bank account.  According to troopers... their investigation showed that the three checks... made out for various amounts... had been made out to, and cashed by Pratt.  She was arrested on three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged Instrument... and, issued appearance tickets for North Harmony Town Court.


Kennedy man arrested in Randolph following DWI accident...
A Kennedy man has been arrested for allegedly driving with more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when his car left the road and crashed in Randolph.  State Police in Jamestown say they arrested 42 year-old Jeremy Baker this past Sunday after finding his vehicle off Route 394 in the Cattaraugus County town.  Troopers say Baker failed several field sobriety tests, and was taken to the State Police barracks where he provided a breath sample of point-19.  He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and issued appearance tickets for Randolph Town Court.  He was not hurt in the accident.


Fredonia village leaders considering mask mandate at village hall...
A surge in COVID-19 cases in Western New York has prompted the Fredonia Village Board to consider a resolution requiring the use of masks at Village Hall.  Mayor Doug Essek and village trustees discussed the issue during a workshop meeting held Monday night.  Essek became concerned about the situation after hearing about Erie County's decision to issue a mask mandate for all indoor public locations.  After a discussion with their attorney, trustees decided to take action on a resolution during their next regular meeting next Monday, Nov. 29.

 


 


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