A Lakewood man was taken into custody following a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle on Interstate-86 late Tuesday morning.... 

Troopers from the Jamestown Barracks say 22 year-old Collin Slack was pulled over for driving 87 mph in a 65-zone, but allegedly drove away as a trooper approached the vehicle.  A pursuit was initiated as the vehicle accelerated over 100 mph Police later deployed stop sticks, which successfully disabled Slack's vehicle.  As the car came to rest, police said Slack jumped out and fled into the woods, but he was later found and arrested.  Investigation revealed Slack allegedly took the vehicle from LUV Toyota in Lakewood and, was additionally found in possession of two stolen dealer platers and a key fab. Slack was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail. 


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating the owner of a group of young cows that fell off a truck on Interstate-86 Tuesday morning....  

Just before 4 a.m., deputies received a call of several loose calves in the westbound lane of I-86 in the Town of Sherman.  Five injured calves were located in New York and three more were found in Pennsylvania, along with another found dead.  The five calves found in New York were taken by a local farmer for the time being.  Anyone who locates any more calves are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 753-2131.


There's another bout of lake effect snow coming our say later in the day today, but this time the Buffalo Metro-area may be getting more of a taste of it...  

That from Forecaster Aaron Reynolds at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says the lake effect snow will develop this evening and, then move north of the area by Thursday morning.   Meanwhile, Reynolds says there are indications of a major warm up for the second half of the month.  He says we'll get back to near normal temperatures by early next week, then go above normal for the middle of December. 

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his third inaugural address at Ellis Island on New Year's Day...  

The Democrat announced his plans on Tuesday, calling Ellis Island a "fitting" location to begin a new term that he says will be focused on fighting for New Yorkers and setting a "progressive example" for the rest of the nation.  Ellis Island was the nation's busiest immigration station for decades, welcoming millions of immigrants from around the world.  Cuomo calls it an "enduring symbol" of America's core values of hope and opportunity.  Cuomo won a third term last month, beating Republican Marc Molinaro and three third-party candidates.  The speech's location is likely to encourage speculation that Cuomo may run for president, though the 60-year-old has said he has ruled out the idea.


A measure used for the past seven years will be considred during the next legislative session by state lawmakers...  

That the local two-percent property tax cap.  Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed the tax cap during his first year in office, calling it one of his top economic achievements.  Assemblyman Andy Goodell says he supports keeping the cap in place and says it has helped local property tax payers.

Goodell says there is a change he would like to see made regarding the tax cap on school budgets... and allow a simple majority public vote, but keep it at a 60-percent majority for school boards.  Whether or not the change is made, Goodell intends to support extending the tax cap.  He also expects the legislature pass the measure, since it seems to be very popular with state lawmakers. 

 
Southwestern Central School Superintendent, Maureen Donahue, said "It's great to be a Trojan tonight," as the new school's new gym officially opened Tuesday...  

The gym is part of a $15.9 million project and took just over a year to construct.  Donahue says it brings the facility into the 21st century with safer bleachers, a broader perimeter around the playing floor, and new technology.  One of the most distinctive exterior features of the new addition is the 'tilt-up' concrete walls.  Architect Brian Kulpa, of Clark Patterson Lee, says the walls make the building to 'stand out' and gave them the speed and savings they needed.  The addition also includes five new classrooms.  Following the opening ceremonies, the Southwestern boys and girls bastketball teams took to the floor and won their first games in the new gym.


There is still an urgent need for more bellringers for the The Salvation Army of Jamestown's annual Red Kettle Campaign across southern Chautauqua County...  

That from Major Kim Merchant, who says they're only at $27,200 of their $112,000 goal they want to reach by Christmas Eve.  Merchant says there are only 18 days left in the drive, but adds you can make one quick phone call to help them.

Merchant says they have just over 670 hours as their several red kettle locations that need to be filled between now and Christmas Eve day.  She adds they're also into the final stretch of their "Angel Tree" program, where gifts need to be turned in by Friday, December 14.  They also need non-perishable food items to help provide the Holiday Food baskets they provide to the needy.  If you would like to help them, contact the Salvation Army at 664-4108.

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