City police are asking for the public's help in find several alleged suspects involved in a home invasion-robbery early Monday morning on Jamestown's southside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to 322 Newland Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. for an altercation.  On arrival, police found an unidentified male victim who had sustained a serious head laceration after he was allegedly struck repeatedly with an object after several people forcibly entered the home.  Samuelson says investigation revealed the victim was targeted and, that at least one-round was fired from a handgun during the incident.  The victim was intially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, then then transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie Pennsylvania for further treatment.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 483-7537, or an annoymous tip can be left on their tip-line at 483-TIPS (8477), or via the TIPS 4-1-1 app. 
 
 
Progress is being made on renovation work to the front part of Jamestown Police headquarters after last year's flooding after a major rainstorm...  
 
That from Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings, who adds, though, that it's still unclear as to when the public entrance will reopen.  Snellings spoke after the City Council last night approved hiring Empire Development of Mayville was approved to do Phase-Two of the project for just under $491,000.  Snellings says Phase-Two will be more "labor intensive" than the first phase.
 
Otherwise, Snellings--- who had overseen the project-- says the first phase went well, and they're happy with the improvements made. City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman recently noted the main entryway could be re-opened to the public by early to mid-May, but Snellings says given the remaining work that has to be done, he's not sure if that will happen or not.  The City Council also approved a $1,200 change-order with Empire for Phase-One of the project.  
 
 
Three brothers were arrested following a fight at a bar in the town of Busti Sunday.  State Police in Jamestown say they were called to a "fight-in-progress" at the undisclosed location and, say 22 year-old Cody Haller, 21 year-old Zachary Haller and, 26 year-old Kyle Haller were allegedly fighting with patrons and began fighting with Troopers on-scene.  Police investigation revealed that Zachary and Kyle Haller assaulted patrons of the bar, while all three men caused damage inside.  All three men were arraigned in Busti Town Court and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set. 
 
 
State lawmakers from the area are looking at a number of measures to better ensure school safety in the wake of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida...  
 
That from both State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who talked at length about the issue during last Friday's Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce in Lakewood.  Young reiterated her support of expanding the School Resource Officer program, as well as better security at school entryways and exits.
 
Young also called for state lawmakers to pass her legislation -- Kendra's Law -- much of which was approved nearly 20 years ago.  However, many say the law needs more teeth.  The law calls for those with serious mental illness be forced to take their prescribed medication.  She also wants schools shootings, or the threat of them, to be labeled "domestic terrorism..." which would allow federal, state and local authorities to share information.  Goodell says the Assembly approved bans on bump-stocks and other items and, expand the ability of law enforcement to take guns away from people deemed serious threats to schools.
 
 
A big warm up gets underway today, although it'll still be kind of cool near the Lake Erie shoreline...  
 
Temperatures got just over 60 in the immediate Jamestown-area Monday.  Even warmer days are expected today and tomorrow.Wednesday.  That from Meteorologist Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service's Buffalo office, who says we'll see a high around 77 Wednesday.  However, we'll see some rain and possible thunderstorms by Wednesday night. Today's high will be around the low 70s around Jamestown, but they'll struggle to get above 60 along the Lake Erie shoreline.  After the late week rain, the weekend is expected to be drier and more seasonal.
 
 
The state Senate has voted to toughen the penalties for selling drugs near a drug or alcohol treatment center...  
 
The measure, which passed the Senate on Monday, is intended to stop dealers who seek to exploit people in recovery.  It would make the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a treatment center, rehab facility or methadone clinic a felony.  Senator Fred Akshar sponsored the legislation.  The Binghamton Republican said it's just one example of tougher laws needed to "drive drug dealers out" of New York communities. 
 
 
Schools and health officials across the U.S. are struggling to curb what they say is an epidemic of underage vaping...  
 
Officials say teens and children are getting easy access to e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, which heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that often contains nicotine.  Vaping is illegal under the age of 18 in many states, but students say they can buy them online or from older friends.  Federal health officials say they're cracking down on underage sales and also exploring whether certain features of the popular brand Juul appeal to young people.  Schools have responded with educational campaigns, and some now deal automatic suspensions for vaping.  The latest federal data showed a dip in teen vaping in 2016 after years of growth. Updated numbers are expected in June.

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