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Westbound lanes of I-86 re-open after two tractor-trailers crash late this morning...

It's been a difficult travel day in many parts of Chautauqua County today... and, especially on Interstate 86 to the west.  The Sheriff's Department says an accident involving two tractor-trailers in the westbound lanes between Stedman and Sherman has led to that stretch being closed.  Dispatchers say the accident... occurred shortly after 11 this morning near Sherman.  It's unclear what caused the accident... though there was Lake Effect Snow in the area.  Traffic was re-routed until the accident scene was cleared... shortly before 2 p.m.

LES Warning continued until 7 a.m. Tuesday...

One of the lake effect snow bands from the current storm system has moved back into the city of Jamestown... bringing some new Lake Effect Snows to the area.  Until a break late this morning... about 5 to 8 inches of new snow had fallen in the area since yesterday afternoon.  The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning until 7 a.m. tomorrow.  Forecaster Steve Welch with the Weather Service's Buffalo office says they had a 7 AM report of 5-inches in the city.  However... amounts were much larger in some of the snow belt areas... including 18 inches in Perrysburg.  Welch says we should see about 5-to-9 inches of snow in the heavier lake snow areas by tonight... with another 4 to 7 inches tomorrow.  He adds that... along with the snow... we'll see cold temperatures, and winds gusting to about 35 to 40 mph will produce blowing and drifting snow.  Welch says we should be out of the heavier lake effect after 7 a.m. tomorrow.  However... the county could see another 2 to 3 inches in those Lake Snow areas.

Cattaraugus County man killed when car crashes into town of Napoli pond...

A tragic accident in the Cattaraugus County town of Napoli has claimed the life of a Little Valley man.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to the scene on Route 242 about 5:30 last Friday night on a report of a motor vehicle accident.  Deputies say the driver, 58 year-old Elias Ruela, Junior of 9671 Route 242, was trying to back out of a private driveway when his car went off the road.  They say the vehicle then overturned, and, crashed into a pond.  Ruela was pronounced dead at the scene.  The investigation into the accident is continuing.

City man arrested for allegedly selling Heroin to undercover cops...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly selling Heroin to undercover agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  Task Force members say they arrested 41 year-old Juan Perez-Aponte at 66 Ellicott Street late last week on an arrest warrant.  Authorities accused Aponte of selling Heroin to agents several times in the city of Jamestown.  Aponte is charged with one count each of third-degree criminal sale, and possession of a controlled substance.  Task Force members say he was arraigned in City Court... and, sent to the County Jail without bail.  Anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking in the area is asked to call the Southern Tier Task Force at 1-800-344-8702.  Police say all calls will be kept confidential.

House fire in Jamestown Sunday morning chases family of three out of home...

Working smoke detectors are being credited with saving a family of three from their burning home on Jamestown's northside Sunday morning.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Russo says firefighters were called to the scene at 613 Spring St. just after 7:30 a.m., and, found heavy fire in the front of the structure.  However... Russo says the two adults and one 6-month old child were outside on arrival.  He says it took about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  Fire damage was confined to the front of the structure.  The two adults had to be treated for smoke inhalation.  But, Russo says there were no other injuries.  He says an off-duty shift was called in to assist.  The cause remains under investigation.

Convictions announced by Swanson in County Court...

A Mayville man will spend the next six-years in state prison for selling and possessing Methamphetime.  Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 43 year-old John Noel-the-third received the six-years... and, five years post-release supervision... for second-degree criminal possession of a  Controlled Substance.  Swanson says Noel was also sentenced to two-years concurrent... and, one-year of post-release supervision... for second-degree Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine.  In addition... a Jamestown man will spend 2-and-a-half to 5 years in state prison for third-degree burglary.  Swanson says 50 year-old Kevin Weary received the sentence last week in County Court. 


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