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It wasn't quite the Lake Effect Snow event some had been predicting... but, by late morning... some parts of Chautauqua County will have upwards of a foot of snow on the ground.  The Jamestown-area's first, measurable snow event began late Saturday morning... and continued through the weekend.  Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says most areas were looking at another 2-to-4 inches of snow through this morning. We remain under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until 10 this morning.  By late yesterday... Thomas says there was a report of 7 inches of snow in the Frewsburg-area... and, 5-and-a-half inches around Jamestown.  He says there was no real heavy snow in the immediate Jamestown-area -- mainly because of lack of organized snow bands.  Thomas says there has been no "defined" strip or strips where there was heavy snow for a lengthy period.  Those winds alternated out of the west and northwest during the weekend.  There's only a 40-percent chance of snow as we head through the morning hours.


There were some accidents... but, nothing serious during the storm period in Chautauqua County.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says the Public Facilities Department had it's 30 plow trucks ready to go last Friday for all of their routes.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says they were expecting accidents over the weekend because this was local motorists first "Wintertime" driving experience this season.  Horrigan says most of the issues tend to be caused by not slowing down, and giving yourself time.  The Sheriff's Department reported about 20 accidents -- mainly cars off the road -- reported through early last evening.  Just a handful were reported in Jamestown.


Police around New York state say they'll be ramping up patrols this Thanksgiving to look for drunken or distracted drivers and underage drinkers.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says state and local law enforcement agencies will be participating in the holiday crackdown, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday.  Officials say they'll use unmarked cars, increased patrols, sobriety checkpoints and bar sweeps to find people breaking the law.  Cuomo says the actions will help keep New York's roads and highways safe during one of the busiest travel times of the year.  During last year's Thanksgiving crackdown police arrested more than 350 drivers for drunken or impaired driving.


There will be two more Babe Ruth World Series coming to Jamestown over the next four years.  Babe Ruth League last weekend announced the city will host the 16 to 18 year-old series in 2018.  Local Babe Ruth Public Relations Committee Chairwoman Kim Ecklund says they're excited to be hosting again.  However... she says there will be something different compared to last year's 13-year-old series:  The return of a popular program. In the past... there was a "Chautauqua County" team in the 16-to-18 year-old series.  In addition... Babe Ruth League Vice-President Robert Faherty, Junior in New Jersey said they're excited to be going back to Jamestown because of the local committee's "experience and knowledge."  So much so... Ecklund says they're hosting the 13-year-old Series in 2020.  She says it'll be a challenging time for their fund-raising with two world series events coming up.  For now... Ecklund says Maggio will be working hard to get the 16-to-18 year-old league going again.


A north county man was seriously hurt late this week when his motorcycle crashed into a guard rail on Route 83 in the town of Villanova.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene just before 6 PM Thursday.  On arrival... deputies say they learned the bike -- operated by 28 year-old Derek Deszcz of Dunkirk -- was westbound when he passed a car, and the returned to the westbound lane.  However... officers say he lost control of the motorcycle, and it slammed into the guard rail.  Deszcz was flown by Starflight Helicopter to a regional trauma center for treatment.  State police assisted at the scene... and, charges are pending.


The State University of New York college at Fredonia will hold a community meeting which will focus on a plan to bring in more tourism dollars to Dunkirk and Fredonia.  The meeting will take place at 6:30 PM Monday at the Williams Center on the Fredonia campus.  Fredonia spokesman Jeff Woodard says the plan is known as "Central Connection". Woodard says a study was done, courtesy of a grant received by the University of Buffalo.  University President Virginia Horvath will present the study, along with Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas.  Again... the community meeting will be Monday, November 21st at 6:30 PM at the Williams Center, and the public is invited to attend.


Two western New York men face manslaughter and other charges in the deaths of two young brothers under their watch who fell over a 70-foot waterfall.  Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen tells the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle  that the deaths were not only tragic but also "100 percent preventable."  The prosecutor says 32-year-old Chad Staley and 34-year-old Tyler Jennings were with a group of boys that left a designated trail at Letchworth State Park in Castile back in June.  Both had gone into the water to get a better view of the falls when the two boys were washed away.  Six-year-old Preston Giangregorio and his 9-year-old brother, Dylan, were killed.  Staley and Jennings were indicted last week on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges.  It's unclear if they have attorneys.


The unexpected wave of support in Pennsylvania for President-elect Donald Trump could signal a long-term shift to the GOP... even though growing political dichotomies may defy that trend.  Republicans expanded control of the state Legislature despite a strong Democratic Party registration advantage.  Meanwhile, the state's growing geographic divide played a forceful role in the election.  Trump was helped by Democrats' defections in conservative northeastern and western parts of the state, while Republicans in increasingly liberal southeastern Pennsylvania turned against him.  For some, Trump's victory signals a more permanent change.  Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason says it shows Pennsylvania is a Republican state, while Democratic Party Chairman Marcel Groen says that it remains a "purple" state and that Trump didn't necessarily change its politics.