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News Headlines for Mon., Dec., 30, 2013


Winter returns to WNY with cold temperatures and icy conditions....

Winter has returned to the Jamestown-area... and, all of Western New York... after a mild weekend and some rain yesterday.  The National Weather Service says cold air pushed in from the artic overnight.  Our temperature at the Media One Studios has dropped into the upper teens now.  However... snow... and, some severe icing has become a problem in the region.  Forecaster John Hitchcock adds -- with the change-over -- there is black ice in spots across the region.  chautauqua County Sheriff's Officers say there is severe icing in the north and western parts of the county.  While several cars have gone off the road... there have been no serious incidents or injuries.  In Cattaraugus County... there is also severe icing and snow in the north and central portions of our neighbors to the east.  In fact... the icing is so bad... authorities have closed Route 219 between Ellicottville and the Erie County line.


Jackie Robinson's Daughter to speak at Chautauqua Sports HOF Induction Dinner...

The daughter of a baseball legend will be the feature speaker at next February's 33rd annual Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet in Lakewood.  Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson announce late last weekend that Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, will be on hand for the event at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club on Feb. 17.  Anderson says -- quote -- "We are excited to have Sharon as the guest speaker for our induction dinner.  The impact of Jackie Robinson on the game of baseball and race relations in America cannot be overstated."  He adds that to have Sharon Robinson on hand to reflect on her experiences growing up as Jackie's daughter will be a special opportunity for county residents.  Sharon Robinson captivated readers with her memoir "Stealing Home," her recounting of growing up in the public eye, and Jackie's Nine, a book for young readers about the nine heartfelt, hard-won values that helped her father achieve his goals.  For ticket information... call Chip Johnson at 485-6991.  The price per ticket is $50.  CSHOF members receive a $5 discount.         


Search for copper wire thieves still on-going in Jamestown...

Jamestown police are still looking for whoever stole wiring used for city Fire Department box alarms late last week... and, the bucket truck they allegedly used to do it.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the suspect or suspects are reportedly using a white-colored truck to get access to the wires on utility poles... then disconnecting the wires.  Samuelson says they were alerted by fire officials late last Friday morning... after they checked out what appeared to be a box alarm malfunction in the West 10th Street area.  He says several witnesses saw the truck... which he says had orange lettering on it.  In addition to West 10th Street... Samuelson says they had reports of the truck being in the Isabella, Clinton, and Lafayette Street areas.  He says when the wire was cut... it triggered an alarm at the fire department's Station-One.  Samuelson says one person told them they saw the truck in their area "all morning long" prior to the thefts.  He says similar incidents reported in the area of Willard, and Barrows Streets, and Benedict Avenue were also investigated.  If you have any information on the case... call JPD at 483-7537... or their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


City man arrested for allegedly dealing Heroin in the city...

A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly selling a quantity of heroin to undercover drug agents over the past several months.  City police say they began investigating 31 year-old Maurice Hough after getting a number of citizen complaints.  Officers say members of the JPD Drug Enforcement Unit were assisted by the State Police C-NET Team.  Hough was arrested without incident... and, arraigned on three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.  He was sent to the county jail without bail.  If you have any information on drug activity in the city... you're encouraged to call the JPD confidential Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Cherry Creek woman hurt in one-car crash in Villanova...

A Cherry Creek woman is being treated for non-life threatening injuries following a one-car, rollover crash in the town of Villanova.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on the South Dayton-Silver Creek Road shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.  Deputies found the driver... 20 year-old Jane Schimek... was southbound when she lost control of the vehicle on the snow slicked road.  Officers say the vehicle went onto the shoulder... and, struck a large tree before rolling onto it's side... and, coming to rest against a barn.  Schimek was taken to Lakeshore Hospital in Irving for treatment of her injuries.  No charges were filed.


Lack of action on Gas Drilling Ban in NYS frustrating drilling interests...

As another year closes with a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York... and no timetable for Governor Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to lift it... drilling interests have all but given up on the state for the near future.  Cuomo has said he wants his health and environmental commissioners to take all the time they need to decide whether fracking can be done safely.  Dozens of towns have enacted their own moratoriums in case the state does approve fracking.


 

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