Jamestown police are continuing their on-going investigation in the most recent shooting incident... which occured Sunday afternoon on the city's eastside. That from Police Chief Harry Snellings... who updated the City Council on what progress has been made in the probe into the five shootings that have taken place since Thanksgiving morning. While the pace of leads has picked up... Snellings says they aren't getting much cooperation from the victims involved because there is a criminal element on both sides of the equation. Snellings says that's the biggest frustration with what's taken place... and, he understand the concern over the possibility of someone getting caught in the cross-fire. However... he assured lawmakers that ALL 60 members of his department are working on this in some way or another. He adds that includes himself. Meantime... JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the victim in Sunday's shooting at East Eighth Street and Prendergast Avenue is now in stable condition. City police say the incident occured about 2:15 PM, and the unidentified man was shot multiple times by someone in a blue-colored car. The car then sped off east on East Eighth.
With the recent rash of shootings... Jamestown police are urging residents to be viglilant... and, keep their eyes open for suspicious activity. Captain Bob Samuelson says if you see an incident... you can provide valuable, confidential information to police. Samuelson says anyone with information on this shooting or has information on any of the other recent shooting incidents, can contact JPD anonymously by using the department's Tips 4-1-1 App... or through their Anonymous Tip Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
A passing weather system brought some light snowfall to the area earlier this morning... but, a real taste of winter weather is expected to hit the area later this week. Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a shot of much colder, Canadian air will pushing into the area by Thursday. Hamilton says it still way early to determine the timing and the exact locations of the snow... but, he says the more favorable areas will be from southern Erie County... south to the Pennsylvania state line..." Due to the colder air... and, the possibility of lake effect snow... forecasters say it may be a good idea to finish preparations for the Winter season over the next couple of days.
President-elect Donald Trump's recent phone call with the head of the government in Taiwan has drawn some heat. However... local Congressman Tom Reed says he didn't have any problem with it. During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media... Reed says he believes it's nothing more than looking at different ways to deal with ongoing issues. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the President-elect's interactions with foreign leaders is important... and, could have consequences for the country and the world. However... Reed says he doesn't see it that way. The Corning Republican says it's more a recognition of the "reality of the situation" in that part of the world. Reed, who was recently selected as a vice-chair on Trump's transition team, also indicated he supported the President-elect's choices of Ben Carson for Housing Secretary and General James Mattis as Defense Secretary.
New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says there's no decision on whether lawmakers will return to Albany for a special session focused on a legislative pay hike. The Bronx Democrat told reporters Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether the Assembly and Senate will reconvene. Heastie and other Assembly Democrats gathered in Albany Monday amid discussions between top lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding a possible special session. Lawmakers make 79-thousand-500 dollars... and, haven't had a raise in nearly two decades. If they do return... Cuomo wants lawmakers to consider new ethics rules including term limits. Heastie says Assembly Democrats oppose term limits and won't subject legislative pay to political horse trading. Lawmakers must return before Dec. 31 in order for a pay raise to take effect next year.
New York is relaxing some restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law to boost patient access. But... to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization. And... New York Governor Andrew Cuomo remains a skeptic of recreational use with no compromise in sight. The state's medical marijuana law is one of the most restrictive in the nation, with less than 11-thousand patients certified to receive the drug for medical purposes. To boost patient access, the state will soon allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients. Officials are considering authorizing home deliveries and this past week announced plans to add chronic pain to a list of 10 qualifying conditions.
A local organization dedicated to making sure our troops overseas have as nice a Christmas as possible is sending out nearly 700 care packages this year. President Sue Rowley with the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie NY-#4 says hundreds of people turned out this past Saturday to help package up non-perishable goodies... letters... cards and other items to be sent out. Rowley says they have sent out 690 packages... and, more are pending. Rowley says the turn-out of individuals and groups and organizations to help them fill the packages was "amazing." She says members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, and local military members were among them. Rowley says this was the most successful Christmas Care Package program they've had in the nine-years they've been doing it. She adds that postage for sending out the packages cost 12-thousand dollars... which was completely paid for by donations. Rowley thanked everyone who donated, and helped to pack the boxes.
Firefighters in the north county made quick work of a fire near a barn last Saturday afternoon in the Town of Pomfret. Crews from Fredonia, Sheridan, East Dunkirk, and Cassadaga responded to 9488 Route 60 just before 2:30 PM. On arrival... firefighters found smoke coming from inside the barn. According to Fredonia Fire officials... a resident started his meat smoker, but the fire inside the smoker get large than expected... causing it to overheat. Fire crews had the blaze out in about 15 minutes.
State Police in Warren, Pennsylvania are investigating an alleged anti-Muslim note that was left in the mailbox of a family in Pine Grove Township. Troopers say someone left the note inside the box at an undisclosed location back on November 29th. Police say it was apparently left for a 16 year-old boy living at the residence. Troopers say the person who did it faces a possible charge of "ethnic intimidation." If you have any information on the incident... call Warren County Crimestoppers at 1-(800) 83-C-R-I-M-E.