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NWS issues Winter Weather Advisory for Noon to 1 a.m. Wednesday...

It's likely to be a slippery commute home tonight in the Jamestown-area after we get a combination of sleet and freezing rain later today.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for today beginning at Noon... and, it will run until 1 a.m. Tuesday.  Forecaster John Hitchcock in Buffalo says we'll first see snow... then a quick combination of sleet and freezing rain this afternoon.  Hitchcock says the snow may accumulate an inch or two... but, then the sleet and freezing rain will make for a messy and slippery ride home tonight.  Hitchcock says we may see a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation during the day today.  He adds we'll have more rain and freezing rain tonight... with another quarter of an inch accumulation.  However... he says temperatures will rise during the overnight... which will bring all rain.... until early Tuesday morning.  Some snow returns later tomorrow morning.

JFD urges residents to help keep Fire Hydrants clear of snow...

Our snowy and cold winter has left a number of fire hydrants in Jamestown covered with snow.  City firefighters have already had to deal with one hydrant that was covered at the scene of a blaze... and, are urging residents to clear out their hydrants if they haven't been already.  Firefighters have been out and about clearing as many as they can... however... many are again covered with the snow fall of the past couple of days.

County D-A pleased to see Coggins get maximum sentence in town of Carroll double-homicide case...

The accused ringleader of the April 2013 robbery and murders of a town of Carroll couple has received the maximum 50 years to life in prison.  District Attorney David Foley says the term was handed down to 35 year-old Davide Coggins in Chautauqua County Court late yesterday morning.  Foley says he was "very pleased" to see Judge John Ward hand down the sentence on two counts of Felony second-degree murder in this "vicious" case.  Foley says -- all along -- he's pushed for the maximum term.  He says members of 66 year-old Gordon, and 59 year-old Joyce Skinner's family spoke before Ward delivered sentencing for Coggins.  He adds that Coggins also addressed the family... again minimizing his role in the heinous crime... claiming that Steven Todd, Ricky Knickcerbocher, and Joshua McCormick... all played bigger roles in the murders.  All three of the co-defendants were recently sentenced to long-prison terms for their involvement.

City's plan for restructuring, and cost-savings approved by State panel...

A special state panel developed to help local governments to consolidate and save costs has given it's approval to the city of Jamestown's plan.  That piece of good news was delivered by Mayor Sam Teresi at last night's City Council work session.  Teresi says he learned about the development at the end of last week.  He says the board is now moving at a "lightning pace" on initiatives for Jamestown... and, three other upstate communities.  Teresi says the biggest item the panel is backing is the study of consolidating the city police department with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department.  He says the board is "extremely interested" in the final outcome.  The effort has already received a $400,000 grant.  Teresi adds the state Financial Restructuring Board has approved giving the city a $250,000 grant to help pay for energy conservation and saving components in Jamestown's recent, $3-million Public Works project bond.  In addition... he says the city could receive between one-third and one-half for the cost of "fixture changes" for new street lights that use LED lighting.

Mental Health Assoc. director says no other Heroin overdoses reported from "pink" packages...

There have been no other Heroin drug overdoses reported in the Jamestown-area since the three last Friday... but, it's unlikely that this deadly batch is gone from the street.  That from Rick Huber, director of the Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County... who says they worked with city Police and other agencies to get out a public health warning about Heroin.  One person died of an overdose in Falconer... while two others in Lakewood had to be hospitalized.  Huber says it's still not known if this Heroin had a higher potentcy... or was cut with another drug, like Fentanyl.  He says dealers will then slight reduce the amount to get their buyers to get more.  Huber says when dealers boost the potency... it can produces a stronger "high."  However... that also produces the likelyhood of overdoses.  The bad batch is being sold in "pink" packages.  If you are in crisis... or have some of the "pink" packaged Heroin... Huber urges you to call 9-1-1, city police... WCA Hospital... or the Mental Health Association.  You should also do that if you're an addict, and want to get off the drug.  The association's number is 661-9044... or Huber himself at 499-2980 if you don't want to talk to police.  Huber says they will help you get rid of it.

State Police start up hotline to report sexual assaults on college campuses...

In an effort to respond better to sexual assaults at colleges and universities... the New York State Police have established a new 24-hour hotline to take reports.  Authorities cite data showing 95 percent of crimes against young women on campuses are unreported to police, while 90 percent of college rapes are committed by only 3 percent of male students, often repeat predators.  The phone number was activated this week at 1-844-845-7269.  New York's state university system has adopted a new definition of sexual consent that requires a clear, affirmative agreement between partners.  It applies to more than 463,000 students on all 64 state campuses.  The Cuomo administration has proposed legislation to mandate that policy at private colleges statewide.


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