Local Congressman Tom Reed says he voted to "build the Wall" in the lastest continuing resolution acted on last night in the House of Representatives... 

The Corning Republican noted that his vote was aimed at voting "to provide the American people with border wall funding to keep our country safe and prevent a government shutdown."  Reed insisted the vote was not about politics.  He said it's "the right thing, and securing our southern border so mothers can sleep in peace without fear of dangerous MS-13 gang members pouring into our country."  He adds that the country needs a "functioning immigration system" which allows properly vetted people to come here and work to provide for their families.  The spending bill runs through February 8 and provides $5.7-billion for border security.


The Jamestown Police Department is warning residents about a telephone scam involving imposters calling people to solicit money on behalf of their agency....  


Officials say the scammers are trying to get personal information from unsuspecting victim's that include that person's credit card information.  City police say this is "not something that the Jamestown Police Department would solicit and, anyone receiving calls of this nature should treat it as a scam."  They urge people to not give their personal information to anyone you don't know or trust.


It appears that unless there is another warm-up, we will get some snow through next Tuesday, making it likely there will be a White Christmas in the Jamestown-area...
  
That from Forecaster Dan Kelly with the National Weather Service, who says we will have an unusual start to Winter today, because we'll see warmer than normal temperatures and rain to start the day.  However, he says that changes later in the day, when snow starts to fall.

Kelly says the rain began late yesterday and, continue through the day on Friday.  He says the mercury again today will rise into the upper 40s before that low pressure system moves into the area.  Once the snow falls through Saturday, there will be about a 30-percent chance of the white stuff through Christmas Day with highs in the 30s.


Chautauqua County legislators took action on a resolution that was tabled last month that will allocate up to $25,000 of 2 percent occupancy tax funding for the clean up of Burtis Bay on Chautauqua Lake.....  

The measure, which was amended to have the funding come from the 2019 budget, was approved 18-0.  County Executive George Borrello says by taking it now, there will be more time to develop a plan for this spring to eliminate the weed mass.

Legislators passed two other resolutions dealing with the lake.  They authorized the use of 2 percent occupancy tax monies to retain professional services to assist with development of a weed management consensus for the lake.  Legislators also approved a measure authorizing the county to participate in a statewide clean lakes collaboration.  Both resolutions were approved by unanimous votes.


The investigation into a Pennsylvania State Police-involved shooting is underway, following a botched robbery attempt at a Union City Dollar General Wednesday afternoon....  

Troopers from the undercover VICE Unit say they were trying to buy a suspected stolen chainsaw that was posted for sale on-line by 26 year-old Keith Hawley.  Police contacted the Union City man to arrange the purchase, during which Hawley allegedy brandished a handgun and tried to rob the undercover officers.  An unidentified Trooper reportedly discharged his weapon and shot Hawley.  EMS crews were called immediately, but he died at the scene.  The involved officers were placed on administrative leave pending investigation by the Erie County District Attorney's office and Pennsylvania State Police from Venango County.  No Troopers were injuried during the incident. 


The Chautauqua County Humane Society is closing in on it's goal of adopting out 100 pets during this year's "Season of Hope"  

Human Society Spokesman Brian Papalia says -- as of Wednesday -- they have found homes for 93 animals, including six over the past two days.  Brian tells our Dennis Webster that they also have pictures of some of the dogs and other animals with humans outside of the shelter to give people a better idea of how they are on their Facebook page. 

Papalia says they still have a nice mix of animals available over the holiday season, adding they have dogs over six-months or older that are available for $50.00 -- half the usual cost.  He adds that cats six-months or older are available for a donation.  They also have some rabbits and guinea pigs available.  In addition to their Facebook page, he says you can also go to their website at spcapets.com,  or call 665-2209.


County Executive George Borrello and the Legislature recognized County Sheriff Joe Gerace for his years of service to the county... 

During the last meeting of the year, Borrello presented the outgoing sheriff with a commendation, citing his many program achievements, including the Sheriff's Department EMT program, SMART 911 and, the new 911 communications center.  Gerace, who has held the office since 1995, thanked Borrello and county lawmakers. Gerace is leaving office at the end of the year, with incoming Sheriff Jim Quattrone taking over on New Year's Day.
 

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