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County Dept. of Health and Human Services issued Vaping Advisory...
Chautauqua County health officials are now urging residents to stop using all vaping products until the investigation into the definative cause of nation-wide vaping-associated illnesses is concluded.  That from County Director of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler in light of advisories put out by state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker... and, the Centers for Disease Control.  Schuyler says the state Health Department says... as of September 5th... they had received 34 reports from doctors across New York of severe pulmonary illness among patients ranging from 15 to 46 years of age who were using at least one cannabis-containing vape product before they became ill.  However, all patients reported recent use of various vape products.  If your are concerned with your device or vaping products... or just want more information call the state Vaping Hotline at 1-888-364-3046.

Pennsylvania man arrested on weapons and drug charges in Jamestown...
An Erie, Pennsylvania man is jailed for allegedly being found in possession of a loaded handgun, and marijuana during a traffic stop in Jamestown early Friday morning.  City police say they stopped the car, driven by 32 year-old Dennis Rollinger, on Fluvanna Avenue about 2 a.m. for allegedly talking on a cell phone.  However... during the stop... officers say they found Rollinger was in possession of the gun without a valid state Pistol Permit.  They also accuse Rollinger of having a quantity of pot in his possession.  He faces charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... unlawful possession of marijuana... and, other traffic infractions.

Borrello says dispute between NYS and Seneca Nation may impact 2020 budget plan...
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello continues to criticize Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of a dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation.  As he prepares his proposed 2020 budget, Borrello says the county is owed a significant amount of funding by the state because of the ongoing dispute.  Borrello says it totals about $750,000 annually because one casino is on the Seneca's Cattaraugus Reservation in the north county community of Irving.  He says the total amount owed to the county today is $2.2 million, and it could increase to $3 million if nothing is done in the coming year.  The Hanover Republican says despite the ongoing feud between the state and the Senecas, the county should still be getting its share of money because the state is obligated to turn over that money.  Borrello participated in two separate news conferences that Congressman Tom Reed held last month on the condition of a stretch of InterstaTe 90 that runs across the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Reservation.

New Runnings store set to open later this month in West Ellicott...
A smaller chain, retail store that caters to homeowners, farmers and others is preparing for it's grand opening in West Ellicott in early October.  That from Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin, who says Runnings has now fully taken over the 115-thousand square feet in the former Sam's Club location at 720 Fairmount Ave.  McLaughlin says Runnings will have a "soft opening" on Thursday, Sept. 26, and, a grand opening between October 6 and 9.  He thinks people will be excited to see what's in there, and return to shop often.  McLaughlin says it's his understanding that Runnings will employ 54 people to start... with more to be hired around the end of the year holidays.  On it's website... Runnings noted that they expected to ultimately employ 70 people at both their new Jamestown-area and Plattsburgh, New York stores.  Runnings calls itself "Your Home, Farm and Outdoor Store..." and is based in Marshall, Minnesota.

Reed says pressure put on State leads to $4.7-million payment to city of Salamanca...
Meantime... local Congressman Tom Reed's push casino revenues to get back to the city of Salamanca has proven successful after the state reported the Cattaraugus County city will receive $4.7-million of the payments owed.  As a result... two new firefighters were hired on at the city fire department.  Reed says those additions allow the department to fully staff two ambulances, which improves the city’s response to emergency situations.  The Corning Republican says "getting these funds to the city of Salamanca is the right thing to do.  We care about the safety of Salamanca’s citizens – and are glad two firefighters have been added to the fire department."  Salamanca Mayor Michael Smith says they're "incredibly grateful for Congressman Reed’s involvement in this process.  It was totally his involvement that got this ball rolling."

Stolen dog in town of Ellicott returned home, thief is arrested...
A dog allegedly stolen from a home in the town of Ellicott has been reported back home safe and sound.  Town Police say they responded to the unidentified residence for a burglary complaint on Tuesday.  Investigation revealed the canine was allegedly taken from the home by a suspect named Janice Rial.  Rial was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree trespassing.  Rial was issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date to answer the charges. 




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WJTN News Headlines for June 4, 2020

All regions of New York State that are now in Phase-Two of the COVID-19 reopening can now have outdoor dining at restaurants starting June 4th.  Chautauqua County Executive P-J Wendel says that...

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