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Cuomo orders special lighting for WTC Spire in wake of Paris attacks...

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the One World Trade Center spire will be lit blue, white and red in honor of the dozens of people killed in the Paris attacks.  Cuomo says the 408-foot spire was first illuminated last Friday night, and in the days to come.  The governor says the act shows New York will stand with the people of France.  New York City officers have been deployed to various parts of the city, including French government buildings.  Heavily-armed officers stood outside of the French Consulate in Manhattan as passers-by brought flowers.  Police have stressed there is ``no indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City.''  French officials say several dozen people have been killed in shootings and explosions at a theater, restaurant and elsewhere in Paris.

 

City man jailed for attempted rape of ex-girlfriend...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly forcing his way into an ex-girlfriend's apartment and trying to rape her.  City police were called to the scene on Baker Street early Thursday morning... and, learned that 37 year-old Jose Figueroa had pryed the woman's apartment door open... and, held her down -- not allowing her to leave.  Officers say the victim was able to get away briefly... and, she tried to call for help.  Police say the victim momentarily made contact with 911 before Figueroa took the phone away.  She was then able to get way... and, get help.  Officers found the woman had an order of protection against Figueroa.  Police found him a short distance away from the scene.  He was arraigned on several charges... including first-degree attempted rape... criminal contempt... and, second-degree burglary... and, sent to the county jail without bail.


Reed visits COI Connections North to discuss Soc. Security Disability Reforms...

Social Security Disability reforms... and, keeping the program solvent... were the focus of a stop made by Chautauqua County's Congressman in the north county Friday.  Corning Republican Tom Reed visited Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated's Connections North Building to meet with several groups to discuss the reforms put in the recent federal budget deal.  Reed says the reforms are meant to help people... but, also "encourage people to return to work."  He feels the older SSD Program is antiquated... and, needed updating before it was to go bankrupt in the next year or so.  COI Executive director Roberta Keller tells us this is a good start in encouraging people to get back to work... but, not be penalized if they're not able to work full-time.  Friday morning's meeting lasted roughly an hour... and, most people applauded the changes.  But... many who attended also seem to agree there is still more work to be done.


Jamestown pilot struck by laser light during incidents that occured across the U.S. last Wednesday...

An commuter airline pilot out of Jamestown was one of 20 across the country who reported being struck by a laser last Wednesday night.  However... few details are available on the local incident.  Jamestown Airport Manger Bill Tucker says such an incident would not be reported directly to them because the Federal Aviation Administration list's Jamestown -- and other similar facilities -- as "uncontrolled, sparsely staffed" airports.  Tucker says such incidents are reported directly to the FAA in either Erie, Pennsylvania or Buffalo.


County gets first signficant snow of 2015-16 Late Fall-Winter season...

The western Southern Tier got it's first significant snowfall of the season last Friday night as a few inches of Lake Effect fell in the higher elevations.  The National Weather Service said some parts of the region could receive 3 to 5 inches before the snow ends.  Most places received one to two inches.  A quick inch or so slicked up local roadways... triggering several minor accidents late Friday afternoon.  Several cars went off the road... and, one accident involving three-cars was reported on Route 39 in the town of Hanover.  No injuries were reported.  Parts of Interstate 86 were also tricky to navigate during the snow.

 

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