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City police remain on the lookout for a "person of interest" who may have been involved in a shooting death on the city's southside yesterday morning.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson confirms the incident occured in a parking lot in the area of 9 Prospect Avenue around 9 AM.  Police are not releasing the name of the victim.  However, in a post on it's Facebook page... Heritage Ministries identified the woman as Shari Robbins, the wife of the suspect, 36 year-old Keith Robbins.  Samuelson says Robbins... who is a white male... is about 5-foot-8, and weighs 175 pounds.  He was last seen driving a tan or silver colored 2004 Ford F-250 SuperCab... which has now been found.  Police set up a perimeter around an area of Woodworth Avenue late yesterday morning.  However... once a tow truck arrived to get Robbin's pick-up... police began moving out.  Samuelson says if you have any information... call 9-1-1 immediately.  He says Robbins is considered "armed and dangerous." In addition... ALL Jamestown public schools were dismissed at their normal time yesterday afternoon after being in lock-down for several hours.  During that time... school superintendent Tim Mains says no one was allowed to enter or exit any school building.


Jamestown Fire Crews were busy fighting a fire at 113 East 8th Street in the city early this morning.  Deputy Chief Chet Harvey reports that the initial call came in at 4:30.  Nobody was home at the time of the fire, and there is no word of any injuries to firefighters. Crews are still working at the scene, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


As President-elect Donald Trump visited the White House to meet with President Obama, Chautauqua County's top elected official is encouraged by what he has seen from Trump since his election.  We reached Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan today for his reaction to Trump's victory... and, what it could mean for the county.
Horrigan says he's pleased that Chautauqua County's representatives to Albany and Washington are returning in January.  The Bemus Point Republican says he's pleased with the re-election of State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell.  He is also glad that Congressman Tom Reed will serve a fourth term in the House.  Horrigan feels they work well together and form a strong team.


High school students in San Francisco chanted "not my president" and waved rainbow and Mexican flags as they marched through the city's downtown in protest of Republican Donald Trump's presidential win.  The students were part of a group of thousands who staged a citywide walkout on Thursday.  Bystanders in the heavily Democratic city high-fived them from the sidelines.  Thousands have taken to the streets around the country since Tuesday's election.  Demonstrators have disrupted traffic, burned a giant papier-mache Trump head and declared that they refused to accept Trump's victory.  Demonstrations have been also been held in the Midwest and the West Coast.  Trump supporters have taken to social media to express their scorn of the protests, saying demonstrators are hypocrites for not accepting the democratic process because they don't like the results.


Work on developing a new, multi-facted approach to dealing with Jamestown's poverty issue is now underway.  Mayor Sam Teresi met this morning with members of the new Jamestown Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Task Force.  Teresi says the city is one of 16 across New York state to be selected as part of the program... which originated several years ago in Rochester.  He says the idea is to bring together the several agencies already working on the problem. Teresi recently designated the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County to administer the state program... and, the one-million dollars in funding that's available to the city.  He says the United Way was selected after he solicited proposals for spearheading the program.  Teresi says they're qualified because they already work with human service agencies and employers to deal with the poverty front already.  He says the task force will study poverty factors that are specific to Jamestown... create a plan to combat those issues... and, implement that plan.  He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are up 4-cents a gallon this week to just over 2-dollars-38 cents for regular, unleaded fuel.  That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge report... which says the national average price for gasoline remained relatively flat compared to one week ago.  The price last year at this time was about 2--41 a gallon.  The Triple-A also says pump prices have been pressured higher in some regions due to disruptions on the Colonial Pipeline.  The average price for regular, unleaded gas is now 2-dollars-22 cents per gallon.  That's a penny more than one week ago.


It's that time of the year again when motorists across Chautauqua County will want to watch out for deer darting out onto local roads and highways.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says at least 62 car-deer related crashes have been reported in county since September 1st... and, the number will continue to climb.  He has some tips to avoid these types of collisions. Gerace adds that... if you can't avoid hitting Bambi... don't try to swerve out of the way.  He says you should hit the brake -- keeping a straight line -- then release just before impact.  Gerace says never swerve to avoid a deer because you could wind up in a worse situation, possibly a collision with another vehicle.  Last year... he says there were 66 deer-vehicle related crashes on county highways over the three-month period from September through November.


Officials overseeing Erie's Presque Isle State Park have announced that the park is returning to its Wednesday-through-Friday format for its annual deer hunt.  The Erie Times-News reports this year's combined antlered and antlerless hunt will take place December 7th through 9th.  The deer hunt was changed from its Wednesday-through-Friday format to Thursday-through-Saturday in 2014.  Park operations manager Matt Greene says officials decided to make the switch back because the weekend hunts failed to draw the anticipated number of participants.  Up to 85 hunters are allowed to roam the park's woods each day of the hunt.  Less than a fourth of that amount turned out on Saturday during last year's hunt.  No other changes are planned for this year's event. Hunters can sign up beginning on Monday.


The biographical plaque hanging at the National Women's Hall of Fame in New York honoring 2005 inductee Hillary Clinton will get an update after Clinton's presidential run.  Just not the one hall officials had hoped for.  Board President Jeanne Giovannini says the hall was ready to change the marker on Wednesday had Clinton been elected the nation's first female president.  Donald Trump's win foiled those plans.  But Giovannini says she expects Clinton's history-making run and apparent win of the popular vote to inspire other women to seek office, including the nation's highest.  Clinton is among 256 women who have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.  The hall is in Seneca Falls, site of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848.


Republican U-S Senator Pat Toomey is preparing for a new six-year term following his narrow Pennsylvania victory and says he continues to have reservations about President-elect Donald Trump... though he expects a good working relationship.  Toomey said Thursday that he won't be a rubber stamp for Trump, and he expects to meet with Trump next week in Washington.  He says Trump's voters want to restore a functioning government and are sending the message that the economy's not working for them.  He expects Trump can get to work quickly, rescinding President Obama's executive orders and perhaps nominating a Supreme Court justice.