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News Update for Wed., May 14, 2014


Flash Flood Watch in effect for Jamestown-area, including area's hard hit on Tuesday...

With more showers and thunderstorms on the way... the National Weather Service has posted a Flash Flood Watch now through Friday afternoon.  The watch area includes Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  However... Forecaster Dave Zaff in Buffalo says another round of showers and storms could be heavy enough to trigger more flash flooding -- especially in areas heavily affected yesterday.  Zaff says you should be prepared to move quickly, even you live in an area where there hasn't been any recent flooding.  Forecasters say that any thunderstorms that develop will be capable of producing localized downpours with rainfall rates of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour.


Cornell pleads guilty to six-year old charges in intentionally set fire; D-A unhappy with sentencing...

A Panama man has pleaded guility to the original indictment for setting a neighbor's house on fire during a dispute over a barking dog just before jury selection was to begin in his re-trial.  Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley was pleased that Barack Cornell pled to the original charges... which included second-degree arson, and three counts of reckless endangerment.  However... Foley was not pleased the court gave Cornell a 10 year determinate sentence.  He says he was looking for 14 to 15-years in prison.  Foley says the court capped it at 10 over his objection.  However... he adds the case was returned on appeal on a technicality that occured in court during the original trial.  Foley says the biggest problem was the incident occured in early 2008... and, getting witnesses back to testify again is one of the problems involved.  Cornell was originally sentenced to 25 years in state prison... but, that was overturned on appeal... and, the case was ordered to be re-tried.  Foley is glad that a maximum of five-years post release supervision was included in the sentence.  However... if he exhibits good behavior... Foley says Cornell could be released in 2-and-a-half to 3 years.


Drug Task Force, Dunkirk Police investigate meth lab found inside car...

The investigation is continuing into the discovery of a possible methamphetamine lab in a vehicle that was parked outside Dunkirk City Hall late Tuesday.  The incident led to two people being treated for exposure to meth, including the person who reported the incident.  Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the incident came as a surprise.  The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task also responded to the woman's residence on Straight Road where a second person was decontaminated and sent to the hospital for treatment.

 

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