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Jamestown police arrest two men for allegedly operating "portable" Meth Lab...

Two men are jailed on several drug-related charges after Jamestown police discovered a Methamphetime Lab... and, a quantity of the drug... inside a car.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers went to 16 West Cowden Place about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday to execute a warrant from another jurisdiction.  However... as officers approached the address... they spotted 34 year-old Aaron Phillips... and, 33 year-old Justin Meacham behind the residence, and outside the vehicle acting strangely.  Samuelson says they first checked on the car... then the duffle bag the two men had.  Samuelson says officers secured Phillips and Meachem... and, the vehicle for further investigation.  He says a search warrant was obtained... and, the vehicle and bag were searched by members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.  Samuelson says it's unknown if the pair were actually making Meth inside the vehicle... or moving it to another location.  He says the State Police CCSERT Team came in to search and clean the area's involved with the drug and materials.  He adds both men are being held pending arraignment on one count of Felony Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetime... and, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police also uncover Meth Lab in north county... 
An investigation into a domestic incident in Fredonia led police to the discovery of a possible Meth Lab on Cushing Street.  Fredonia Police say that 33-year-old David Crawford, Jr. allegedly assaulted and held a female victim against her will at the apartment for several days.  The victim was eventually able to leave the residence... and, was assisted by a passing motorist who transported the woman to Brooks Memorial Hospital.  While conducting a search warrant stemming from the domestic incident, police discovered several chemicals and pieces of equipment commonly used for the manufacture of Methamphetamine. 

Christmas-New Year's Holiday Travel period underway; vast majority to go by car due to lower gas prices...

The Christmas-New Year's Holiday Travel period began yesterday... and, officials with the Triple-A say record numbers of people will be traveling to relatives and friends this year.  Triple-A East Central Spokeswoman Chelsea Pompeani says -- nationally -- 98.6-million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles during the holiday period.  Pompeani says the vast majority -- 90-million -- will be driving due to the lowest gasoline prices in about six-years.  She adds the travel period runs through Sunday, Jan. 4.  Pompeani says... before you leave on that trip to grandpa and grandma's... or you parents... you want to make sure you're prepared in case of an emergency.  She says having preventive maintenance on your vehicle is a good start.  This year... Pompeani says they're received a lot of calls for dead batteries... and, adds that if you're warranty has run out, it might be time to change it.  While gas prices are historically low right now... Pompeani says it's still a good idea to get the best gas mileage you can.  That includes avoiding long warm-ups on cold mornings... and, combining errands.

Gas prices down about 10-cents a gallon in Jamestown-area this week...

Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have dropped another 10-cents this week... and, are now under $3 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  That from the AAA's Weekly Fuel Gauge Report... which says the price has fallen from just over $3 last week to $2.90.5 this week.  AAA East Central says they based the average on reports from 19 service stations in the Jamestown-area.  Last year at this time... the price was just over $3.62 a gallon.  Nationally... the steady decline in gas prices this Fall is now longer than any period the AAA has previously tracked.  The national average price of gas is the longest consecutive streak on record.  Pump prices have fallen every day since Sept. 25 to today’s average... which is now about $2.37.  The best news for consumers is that the decline in the price at the pump has accelerated during the previous week.

High Wind Warning now in effect for Jamestown-area, beginning Christmas Eve night... 
A storm system will be bringing some unseasonably mild temperatures on this Christmas Eve... but, will also bring some strong winds to the area through Christmas Day.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a High Wind Warning from 8 p.m. tonight through 4 p.m. Thursday for portions of Western New York... including Chautauqua County.  Forecaster Bill Hibbert says a sharp cold front will bring strong winds... colder temperatures... and, a rain-snow mix tomorrow with temperatures between 35 and 40-degrees.  Hibbert says temperatures will warm into the 50s today.

State Agriculture leads report record sales year...

New York's farmers set record sales last year.  The state's cash receipts for crops, livestock and other raw agricultural products hit nearly $5.7 billion in 2013.  That's up from $5.5 billion the year before.  The numbers were calculated by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and were announced Tuesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration.  More than half of the receipts were for livestock, dairy and poultry items, with the rest coming from the sale of crops such as corn, fruits and vegetables.

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