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News Update for Wed., Feb. 5, 2014


Winter Storm Warning to end... but, not snow - at least immediately...

A major winter storm is moving through the Northeast... and has already brought several inches of snow to the region.  The National Weather Service is continuing a Winter Storm Warning until 4 this afternoon for all of Western New York including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  Meteorologist John Hitchcock says we got about 3 to 5 inches by early this morning... and, more was on the way.  Hitchcock says another 4 to 7 inches was expected... bringing totals in some higher terrain getting close to a foot.  The heaviest snow associated with the snow has been moving through the area since late morning.  It will last through early to-mid-afternoon.  At a couple of points... snowfall rates were an inch an hour.  Snowfall rates have diminished to light to moderate snow through the rest of the afternoon.


Entire Upstate Region of NY -- especially to the east -- experiencing worst of storm...

The state has deployed more than 2-thousand plows and other pieces of heavy equipment to keep roads clear during a storm that has forced the closure of one major highway... and, hundreds of schools upstate.  Cuomo and other authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel Wednesday because of hazardous driving conditions from a storm that has dumped up to a foot of snow on some upstate areas.  He adds that the entire state is now under a "State of Emergency...." which mobilizes resources to local governments that are otherwise restricted to state use only.  No schools closed in Chautauqua County... but, some have called off after-school activities.  Cuomo says the 65-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders is closed to all vehicles.  Some places could see 16 to 20 inches of snow in Eastern New York today.


Jamestown man and woman arrested for illegal possession of weapon... and, large amount of pot ready for sale...

A drug raid in Jamestown last night has landed two people in jail... and, led to the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana... and, an illegally possessed hand-gun.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says JPD officers and SWAT Team members... and, members of the State Police C-NET Team... executed a search warrant at 33 Linwood Ave. about 6 p.m.  Samuelson says police found more than 180 grams of packaged marijuana... digitial scales and several cell phones... and, a 32-calibur revolver inside.  He says they're pleased to get the pot... and, that gun... off the street.  Samuelson says getting the gun off the street especially is great news because they were in possession of it illegally.  Investigators arrested 27 year-old Wilfredo Torres and 21 year-old Mallory White on charges of Felony criminal possession of a weapon... and, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.  Samuelson says they're not sure if Torres or White were "high-level" dealers at this point.  However... he says the gun has been turned over to federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to see if the hand-gun was stolen.  Both Torres and White are being held pending arraignment.  Samuelson says anyone with information on illegal drug sales and trafficking is asked to call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


 

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